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Shark WARNING for Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot near Yallingup

Shark WARNING for Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot near Yallingup

20 March 2021

Update on Sunday the 21st of March at 3:15pm 

The Shire of Busselton has now re-opened Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot.

The Surf Life Saving WA helicopter conducted two surveillance flights over the area between 9:30am and 11:30am this morning. 

No sharks were sighted, however there were several surfers in the area.

A large school of salmon was also observed. There have been no further shark sightings.

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 Sunday the 21st of March at 8:25am 

Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have been conducting land based patrols since first light this morning.

The Surf Life Saving WA helicopter will be conducting two surveillance flights over the area between 9:30am and 11:30am this morning.

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and Rangers from the Shire of Busselton will also be in the area conducting patrols throughout the day.

Beaches remain closed for now but will be reviewed later this afternoon.

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 20th March 2021

Alert level:

A shark WARNING has been issued for Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot in Yallingup after an interaction with a shark at was reported at approximately 3:00pm today, March the 20th.

Situation:

  • A 75 year old male paddle-boarder is reported to have been knocked from his board by a 2 metre unknown species of shark whilst paddling out to Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot approximately 400m offshore. 
  • The victim was able to safely return to shore where he observed large bite marks to the top and bottom of his paddle board.
  • A member of the public reported the incident to Water Police at 3:21pm.
  • To reduce the threat to people, Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot has been closed by the Shire of Busselton and will remain closed until further notice.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Yallingup Mainbreak Surfing Spot 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 paddle-board will be transported by Fisheries Officers to Perth for scientific analysis.

Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are conducting land based patrols with Rangers from the Shire of Busselton until dark this evening.

Land based patrols will resume in the area at first light tomorrow, Sunday the 21st of March.

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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