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Shark ADVICE for Southgate Dunes Beach, near Geraldton29 December 2019
Update on 29 December at 10:30am
DPIRD Fisheries Officers have this morning conducted an inspection of Southgate Dunes Beach and the whale carcass has washed out to sea on the rising sea and swell.
A Shark Advice remains in place for Southgate Dunes Beach. Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.
Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.
If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Alert issued 23 December 2019
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a 2-3 metre pygmy sperm whale carcass being reported at Southgate Dunes Beach, approx. 6km south of Greenough River Mouth in the City of Greater Geraldton.
- The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 5:27pm.
- Rangers from the City of Greater Geraldton have moved the carcass above the high water mark and will remove the carcass tomorrow morning.
- It is possible the decomposing carcass may act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
- While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Southgate Dunes area.
- Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
- If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed
What authorities are doing:
City of Greater Geraldton Rangers and DBCA officers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
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