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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.

26 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Knobby Head, Shire of Irwin

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 27 July at 4:00pm

The Shire of Irwin has removed the whale carcass from Knobby Head, north of Leeman.

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 check the SharkSmart 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

25 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Jurabi Point Beach, Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 26 July at 4:35pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conversation and Attractions has removed the whale carcass from Jurabi Point Beach, Ningaloo Marine Park.

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 check the SharkSmart 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.

22 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Nickol Bay near Karratha

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on a mudflat, 2 kilometres north of Karratha in Nickol Bay.

20 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Lefroy Bay, Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the beach in Lefroy Bay, Ningaloo Marine Park.

17 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Port Gregory

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 11:45am, 18 July 2018

The Humpback whale  carcass reported 1 km north of the Port Gregory boat ramp has now been removed from the beach.

Caution is still advised as any residue from where the carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

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

Keep informed of the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detection information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

31 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 1 June, 8:30am

The shark notification system outage, related to tagged shark detections, has been restored and is fully operational. Detection information has been reviewed during the time of the outage and no detections occurred during this period. 

The system for reporting and publishing shark sighting reports was not affected during the outage. 

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

Keep informed of the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detection information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

24 May 2018

Hot off the shelves - new surfer specific personal shark deterrent subsidy now available

Media Release
  • Subsidy on Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent now available in stores
  • University research shows the device, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions
  • An additional $200,000 added to subsidy program for a further 1,000 devices
24 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach, east of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 1 June at 8.50am:

The City of Albany has removed the whale carcass from Cheynes Bay, east of Albany and the beach has been reopened.

Additional caution at this location is still advised as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

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

22 May 2018

New surf device added to McGowan Government's world-first personal shark deterrent subsidy program

Media Release
  • Ocean Guardian Surf+ personal shark deterrent added to subsidy program after independent testing
  • University research shows the device, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions
  • An additional $200,000 added to subsidy program for a further 1,000 devices
22 May 2018

Research finds surfer shark deterrent significantly reduces the risk of attack

Media Release
  • University research shows the Ocean Guardian Surf+, even in extreme circumstances, significantly reduces the risk of shark interactions by at least 60 per cent
  • McGowan Government calls on NSW Government to release the final university report into shark deterrent effectiveness
  • Subject to the final report, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has recommended the Surf+ device be added to the personal shark deterrent subsidy program