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Shark ADVICE for Wedge Island Beach, in the Shire of Dandaragan

Shark ADVICE for Wedge Island Beach, in the Shire of Dandaragan

07 August 2019

Update on 7 August at 9:00am

A whale carcass that had come ashore 100 metres north of the main access to the beach, on 5 August 2019, has now been removed. A second whale carcass remains located on the north-east corner of Wedge Island.

The waters within a one kilometre radius of both locations are closed under a Regulation 44 closure issued by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, due to residue.

Divers, surfers and swimmers are advised to continue to take care as residues from the carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

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.

Alert issued on 5 August

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass in the shore break at Wedge Island Beach north of Wedge Island, in the Shire of Dandaragan.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 11.51am on 5 August 2019.
  • The whale carcass is located in the shore break at Wedge Island Beach.
  • It is possible the whale 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 this is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Wedge Island Beach area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service officers.
  • 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: 

Parks and Wildlife Service Officers are assessing and monitoring the situation. 

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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