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Shark ADVICE for Yeagarup Beach near Windy Harbour

Shark ADVICE for Yeagarup Beach near Windy Harbour

11 June 2020

Update on 11 June at 11:55am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have inspected the whale carcass that was washed ashore on Yeagarup Beach in the Shire of Manjimup. 

The whale carcass has almost fully decomposed with only small fragments remaining.  

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.

Update on 5 June at 11:41am

Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have inspected the whale carcass which remains in place at Yeagarup Beach in the Shire of Manjimup.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development as the slowly decomposing whale carcass may 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 on 22 May at 09:00am

Alert:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Yeagarup Beach in the Shire of Manjimup.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public today after returning from this beach over the weekend. 
  • 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 Yeagarup beach area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Parks and Wildlife Service officers.
  • 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 along with staff from other agencies, 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 current alerts and warnings.

 

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