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Shark WARNING for Fourth Beach near Esperance

Shark WARNING for Fourth Beach near Esperance

02 June 2020

Update on 2 June at 1:50pm

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, and Esperance shire rangers have conducted beach patrols in the Esperance area today following a reported shark interaction with a surfer at Fourth Beach, yesterday afternoon.  

Shark warning signs, installed by the Shire of Esperance, 1km either side of BEN sign E1401 (Fourth Beach) will remain in place for at least 24 hours. 

Additional caution is recommended for all water users in this 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 1 June

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Fourth Beach in Esperance after a surfer had an interaction with a 3.5m white shark which was reported to Water Police at 3.30pm.

Situation:

  • A surfer reported a white shark had swam underneath his board and hit the board with its dorsal fin.
  • To reduce the threat to people, Spectur alert towers have been activated to warn beach users of shark activity in the area.

What to do:

  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take additional caution in the Fourth Beach 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: 

Esperance shire rangers are attending the site of the interaction, clearing the water of any swimmers/surfers and erecting warning signs at beach entrances within a 1km radius of BEN sign 1401 which is located at Fourth Beach. 

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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