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Shark WARNING for Metropolitan Beaches near Perth

Shark WARNING for Metropolitan Beaches near Perth

09 August 2019

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for all metropolitan beaches in the Perth area after an increased number of reported shark detections.

Situation:

  • A white shark has been detected multiple times by the Leighton, Cottesloe and North Cottesloe shark monitoring network receivers between 3.53am and midday on the 9th of August, 2019.
  • It is possible that the frequency of the recent reported detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area. 
  • To reduce the threat to people, Cottesloe and North Cottesloe beaches have now been closed.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • During winter, many beaches are not patrolled fulltime, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date. 
  • Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website 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 and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 

Local Government rangers, Surf Life Saving WA and Fisheries officers will continue to monitor the situation. To keep people safe, some beaches may be closed. 

Extra information: 

It is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the coast throughout the year. 

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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