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News and Alerts

Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

You can filter the latest information by alert, or media release. Current alerts and warnings are at the top of the page and highlighted. 

Visit this page regularly to stay updated with the latest shark information.

17 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 17 October at 5.25pm

The Shire of Waroona has now removed the carcass of a Humpback whale from Preston Beach.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should adhere to beach closures, warnings and any other relevant information advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

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17 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 17 October at 4.20pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 25 October 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

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13 October 2018

Shark WARNING for Centaur Reef, north west of Trigg Island

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A shark WARNING has been issued for Centaur Reef, two miles north west of Trigg Island, after an interaction with a shark was reported at 12.00pm on Saturday 13 October.

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10 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for West Beach, Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10 October at 11am 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development reminds the Esperance community that additional caution is still required because of the regular detections of a bronze whaler shark by the West Beach Shark Monitoring Network receiver this week. 

This shark has been detected more than 190 times over the period 25 September to 9 October 2018.

The Shire of Esperance has installed signage at West Beach requesting that water-users use caution.

It is not uncommon for sharks to be off the WA coast at any time of year and this detection period at West Beach is within the spectrum of behaviour that has been previously observed for bronze whaler sharks at other receiver locations.

It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are monitoring the situation.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

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10 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for Francois Peron National Park near Monkey Mia

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale stranding incident 15 kilometres northwest of Monkey Mia, in the Francois Peron National Park.

 

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04 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for Shothole Creek Beach, near Exmouth

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported 500 metres offshore at Shothole Creek Beach, Exmouth.

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15 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for the Shark Monitoring Network

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 15 October at 11am

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has identified and resolved a temporary outage to the Shark Monitoring Network through last night. 

This outage was as a result of an internal internet communication issue.

All aspects of WA's shark notification system are now fully operational.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

26 September 2018

Shark WARNING for Cockburn Sound

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for Cockburn Sound after the report of an interaction with a shark near Carnac Island.

26 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Sandy Cape, near Green Head

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on a reef 100 metres offshore, 3kms north of Sandy Cape, south of Green Head.

22 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for The Cut beach, near Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 24 September at 1.35pm

The humpback whale carcass that came ashore on The Cut beach, north of Bunbury, has been removed. This has been confirmed today by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Please note that additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600