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Shark ADVICE for Two Peoples Bay near the City of Albany

Shark ADVICE for Two Peoples Bay near the City of Albany

27 June 2019

Update on 27 June at 1pm

Officers from the City Of Albany have removed the whale carcass from Two Peoples Bay.

Due to the residues of the carcass the beach will remain closed for the next 24 hours.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.

 

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass at Two Peoples Bay in the city of Albany.

Situation:

  • Two whale carcasses were reported by a member of the public at 3:05pm yesterday afternoon in the area.
  • Fisheries officers attended the site this morning to assess the situation and confirmed one of the whale carcasses has been removed, as reported yesterday.
  • The second whale carcass reported at that location is situated at the north eastern corner of Two Peoples Bay, around the corner from Bettys Beach, and will be removed this afternoon by the City of Albany.
  • The beach is now closed until further notice.
  • Beach Emergency Number sign #AL2644, which is adjacent to the site, is showing beach closed.
  • It is possible the injured animals will continue to 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 this is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Two Peoples Bay area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website 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 and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are monitoring the situation.

Local Rangers from the City of Albany will be attending to remove the remaining carcass.

Extra information: 

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news  for current alerts and warnings.

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