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Shark WARNING for Lighthouse Bay near Exmouth

Shark WARNING for Lighthouse Bay near Exmouth

22 April 2020

Update on 22 April at 7:30am

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will return to routine coastal patrols in the Lighthouse Bay area today.

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 20 April at 7:30am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have installed beach warning signage at Lighthouse Bay. 

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 19 April

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Lighthouse Bay in the Shire of Exmouth after an interaction with a shark was reported at Dunes Surfing Spot on Sunday evening.

Situation:

  • A member of the public reported that an unknown species of shark interacted with a surfboard at approximately 3pm on Sunday 19 April. 
  • The report has been confirmed by Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). 

What to do:

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

Officers from DPIRD will be inspecting pictures of the surfboard which was damaged, in an attempt to determine the shark species. 

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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