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Staying safe

Common sense tips here.
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Our Commitment

Shark hazard mitigation strategies.
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Help keep everyone safe.
Report shark sightings to
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Keep enjoying the beach

Most of us have a routine before we go to the beach. We might check the weather, pack a bag and put on sunscreen. Now you can be Sharksmart by checking the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detections before you hit the water. Check Now

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Shark Sightings, Detections & Responses

The Western Australian Government has invested more than $30 million in a broad range of shark hazard mitigation strategies.

We have developed a world first, integrated shark notification and response system which is a partnership between the Department of Fisheries, Water Police and Surf Life Saving WA.

Shark Activity Map

This map shows the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network.

Click on the pin to show details on the time, date, location and any extra details about the sighting or detection. The page also includes any current alerts and warnings.

Separating the fact from fiction

Is there any such thing as shark weather and are rogue sharks to blame for the recent spate of attacks?

We tease out the truth from the tall tales and explain what we’re doing to keep you safe at your favourite beach this summer.

Staying safe

Discover how to stay shark smart and reduce your risk of encountering a shark.

Follow our common sense tips, check the shark activity map and SLSWA Twitter feed, and be shark smart no matter what you’re doing in the water.

Research Report

New insight into white shark behaviour.
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Research Map

Detection data from the acoustic receiver arrays.
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Research

Research is a key component of the State Government's shark mitigation strategy.

We are conducting a variety of research projects to help understand the movements of sharks in Western Australia, and investing in ways to keep you safe in the water.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions here.
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Shark species & facts

  • Distribution and Habitat

    Distribution and Habitat

    Sharks live in every ocean on earth, most estuaries and even in some large freshwater rivers.

  • Life Cycle

    Life Cycle

    Different species of sharks have lifespans varying from a few years to several decades.

  • Upper Level Predators

    Upper Level Predators

    Many people are scared of sharks, but some sharks might have more to fear from humans than we do from them. 

  • Shark Numbers

    Shark Numbers

    The high number of shark species along our coastline is an indication of how healthy our marine ecosystems truly are.