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Shark WARNING for Florida Beach near Mandurah

Shark WARNING for Florida Beach near Mandurah

07 March 2022

Update on 7 March at 9:22am

Rangers from the City of Mandurah have reopened beaches in the Florida Beach area, following a reported shark interaction on Sunday 6 March.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) recommend additional caution in the Florida Beach 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 6 March 

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Florida Beach in the City of Mandurah after a reported shark interaction. 

Situation:

  • The shark interaction was reported by a member of the public at approximately 13:35 on 6th March 2022.
  • A reported 3.5m white shark knocked a swimmer on the side. This has been confirmed by the Shark Operations Unit.
  • To reduce the threat to people, Florida Beach BEN sign MH242 has now been closed and will remain closed for 24 hours when City of Mandurah will reassess the situation.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Florida Beach area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • 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: 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is working with local authorities to coordinate responses.

DPIRD Fisheries officers are monitoring the situation. 

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 updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.

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