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Shark WARNING for Perth Metropolitan Beaches

Shark WARNING for Perth Metropolitan Beaches

04 June 2021

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Perth Metropolitan Beaches after an increased number of reported shark detections from Mullaloo to Leighton Beach.

Situation:

  • A white shark has been detected on multiple occasions between Mullaloo and Leighton beaches.
  • It is possible that the frequency or duration of the recent reported detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area. 

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Metro area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers 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, 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 from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), Local Government rangers and Surf Life Saving WA will continue to monitor the situation. 

Extra information: 

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

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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