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Shark WARNING for Whitford Beach near Hillarys Boat Harbour

Shark WARNING for Whitford Beach near Hillarys Boat Harbour

07 January 2022

Update on 7 January at 2:35pm

Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) continue to monitor the level of shark sightings. 

DPIRD recommends additional caution in the Whitford Beach and Pinnaroo Point area due to continued reports of shark sightings close to shore. 

Beach users should adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA. 

It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent reported sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area. It is not uncommon for sharks to be off the WA coast at this time of the year.

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 2 January 

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Whitford Beach and Pinnaroo Point, north of Hillarys Boat Harbour in the City of Joondalup, after an increased number of reported shark sightings.

Situation:

  • There has been an increased number of reported shark sightings in the Whitford Beach and Pinnaroo Point area over the past three days. 
  • It is possible that the frequency or duration of the recent reported sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area. 
  • It is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the coast throughout the year.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Whitford Beach and Pinnaroo Point area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers 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: 

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. To keep people safe, beaches may be closed.

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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