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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.

18 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Bush Bay Beach near Carnarvon

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Bush Bay Beach in the Shire of Carnarvon.

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15 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Herald Bight, Denham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 17 September at 4.55pm

As an update to yesterday's report, a whale carcass has now been confirmed by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. It was located at 2:00pm. 

It is possible the decomposing carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and people should exercise additional caution in the area.

Check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to your local beach. 

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

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15 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Preston Beach, south of Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 16 September at 11am

An inspection of Preston Beach this morning by Waroona Rangers has not been able to locate the dolphin carcass that was reported to have come ashore yesterday.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as the carcass may have been washed back into the ocean and 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

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06 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for White Point Reef area near Dongara

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported 500 metres offshore and 350 metres south east of White Point Reef.

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18 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 20 September at 4.30pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) 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 decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 27 September 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

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

What authorities are doing

DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service has considered a range of safe removal options, however, given the location and prevailing ocean conditions, the whale carcass will remain in situ.  

The Parks and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will continue to monitor the situation and implement the area closure in this location.

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

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09 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10 September at 5.58pm

The City of Bunbury has now removed the carcass of a Humpback whale from Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury.

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

03 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Horrocks in the Shire of Northampton

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a residue from a removed whale carcass at Whiting Pool in Horrocks, in the Shire of Northampton.

29 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Hamelin Bay near Augusta

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29 August at 2.05pm

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff have now removed the carcass of a killer whale from Hamelin Bay, north of the boat ramp.

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

22 August 2018

Shark WARNING for Injidup Beach to Smiths Beach near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for the Injidup Beach to Smiths Beach area, in the City of Busselton, after an interaction with a shark at Indicator Rock, north of Canal Rocks, on the afternoon of Sunday 19 August. A member of the public has reported an interaction with a shark in this area while operating a kayak. No injuries occurred during this interaction. The report was received today (22 August).

20 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 20 August at 12.55pm

Parks and Wildlife Service Officers from the  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have resolved the whale stranding incident at Wylie Bay Beach, with a humpback whale carcass removed from the area.

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