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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.

24 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach, east of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a large whale carcass that has been washed into Cheynes Bay in the City of Albany area.

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30 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Three Bears, near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 4.15pm, 24 May 2018

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has extended the Regulation 44 closure related to the whale carcass south of Three Bears surfing spot, near Yallingup.

The closure will remain in force until Thursday 31 May 2018.

The decision is based on some parts of the whale carcass remaining in place at the original site. 

The closure is from Three Bears surfing spot to 300m north of Shivery Rock surf break. A further assessment will be carried out by DBCA, before the closure is due to end next Thursday.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

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24 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Redgate Beach and Hamelin Bay area closures

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 24 May 4.10pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closures for Redgate Beach and the Contos-Boranup area, so those closures will remain in force until at least Thursday 31 May 2018 and be reviewed then.

The closure at Hamelin Headland (White Cliff Point) to the northern end of Cosy Corner Beach will expire at the end of today. Caution is recommended at all times in these waters and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development recommends that water users check SharkSmart’s Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.

The decision to extend two area closures for a further week is based on the continued presence of decomposing carcasses on the shore. The closures are in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea at:

  • Redgate Beach from the carpark along the whole of Redgate Beach,
  • Contos Springs to Grace Road, Boranup Beach.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

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14 May 2018

Shark WARNING for waters around Lefthanders Surf Spot

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for waters between Big Rock Surf Spot and Ellensbrook Beach, near Gracetown, after an interaction with a shark at Lefthanders Surf Spot, which occurred Friday, was reported late today.

28 April 2018

Shark WARNING for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah, after an interaction with a shark 50 metres offshore was reported at 5pm this evening.

25 April 2018

Shark WARNING for waters Dunsborough to Bunker Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for waters between Dunsborough Beach to Bunker Bay, near the town of Dunsborough, after an increased number of reported shark sightings.

25 April 2018

Shark WARNING for Surfers Point Prevelly, near Margaret River

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 25 April at 3.15pm:
An Augusta-Margaret River Shire ranger has erected shark warning signage at Prevelly. The beach has not been closed.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advises additional caution by water users in this area.

Fisheries officers from DPIRD are continuing to patrol the area and have been advising water users of the increased shark risk.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Alert issued on 25 April:

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Surfers Point at Prevelly, in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, after an surfer was knocked off his board by a two metre shark, of an unknown species.

24 April 2018

Shark WARNING and BEACH CLOSURES for the Gracetown area

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 26 April at 4.55pm: 

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has advised that its Regulation 44 beach closure between North Point and Ellensbrook, near Gracetown, will expire today at 6pm and will not be extended. 

Caution is recommended at all times in these waters by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and it’s important that water users check SharkSmart’s Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600. 

18 April 2018

Shark WARNING for Smiths Beach to Injidup Beach, near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 20 April at 4.50pm: 

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has advised that from 6pm today (Friday 20 April) it will be removing its Regulation 44 closure issued for the coastal area between Injidup Point and Canal Rocks.

Caution is recommended at all times in these waters by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and it’s important that water users check SharkSmart before heading to their beaches.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600 

17 April 2018

Update on Gracetown shark advice

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 20 April at 4.55pm:

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has advised that from 6pm today (Friday 20 April) it will be removing its Regulation 44 closure issued for the coastal waters between North Point and Ellensbrook in the Gracetown area.

Caution is recommended at all times in these waters by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and it’s important that water users check SharkSmart before heading to their beaches.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600