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Shark ADVICE for Taylor Boat Harbour near Esperance

Shark ADVICE for Taylor Boat Harbour near Esperance

31 January 2021

Update 31st January 2021 5:45pm

DPIRD Fisheries Officers have inspected the whale carcass this morning 31st January and it continues to decompose slowly.

The remains consist of the head (only) from a large Sperm Whale.

The carcass will be left to decompose naturally due to it being already highly deteriorated and in a remote location with little access to the beach at Taylor Boat Harbour.

DPIRD Fisheries Officers will continue to monitor the situation and update SharkSmart as necessary.

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 14th January 2021

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Taylor Boat Harbour near Duke of Orleans Bay in the Shire of Esperance.

Situation:

  • The carcass was reported by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Fisheries at 9:30 am, 14th January.  
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will 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 Taylor Boat Harbour area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers.
  • 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: 

Fisheries officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

Extra information: 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.

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