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Shark INCIDENT for Exmouth near Exmouth Marina

Shark INCIDENT for Exmouth near Exmouth Marina

08 December 2019

Update on 8 December at 11.30am

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development advise that Exmouth Shire will re-open the beach at 1pm this afternoon.

Fisheries officers will remain in the area, however will not have an on-water presence as from 12 noon due to weather conditions.

Ocean users are advised to take additional caution when swimming in 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 7 December

Alert level:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development officers are currently involved in assisting the Exmouth Shire with a shark incident approximately 400 metres east of the Exmouth Marina.

Situation:

  • A man has received injuries after being bitten by an unknown shark at 9am this morning. The injury is not considered life-threatening and the man has been flown to Perth for treatment.

What to do:

  • The beach will be closed one kilometre either side of the Exmouth Marina for 24 hours.
  • Take additional caution in the Exmouth Gulf 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:

Fisheries officers are currently inspecting a picture of the puncture marks to determine the cause.

A Fisheries vessel will be on the water monitoring the area this afternoon and tomorrow morning until 12.00pm.

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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