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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.

09 October 2016

Lift-off for shark surveillance drone trial

Media Release
  • $88,000 Liberal National Government investment in SLSWA trial of drone surveillance technology
  • Trial to be conducted at metropolitan and regional locations this summer
30 September 2016

Shark WARNING between Trigg and Cottesloe

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

UPDATED 06 October.
The shark WARNING issued last Friday for Perth metropolitan waters between Trigg and Cottesloe, remains in place for this weekend.

Situation:

  • On Wednesday 5 October a white shark was detected 1.5km of Scarborough, and three shark sightings were reported at Cottesloe beach.
  • In the last seven days, there have been 6 reported sightings at Cottesloe, and tagged shark detections occured at Garden Island, Warnbro Sound, Leighton, 1.5km off Scarborough, 2km off Scarborough, and 2.5km off Trigg. 
  • Two white sharks were detected at Shark Monitoring Network receivers located at Cottesloe, North Cottesloe, Swanbourne, City Beach, Floreat and Scarborough a total of 38 times over a 24 hour period on 29 and 30 September 2016.
  • It is possible that the frequency of the recent detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area. The change in activity may be due to a possible change in environmental conditions such as fish aggregations in the area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in waters between Cottesloe and Trigg area, by swimming at patrolled beaches and not surfing or diving in the area.
  • At this time of year, many beaches are not patrolled fulltime, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date.
  • Leave the water if a warning siren is sounded from the Surf Life Saving helicopter service.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
30 September 2016

Check SharkSmart before entering water

Media Release
  • New campaign launched encouraging visits to SharkSmart before entering ocean
  • All shark sightings should be reported to Water Police
13 September 2016

Shark ADVICE for Trigalow Beach east of Bremer Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to two whale carcasses that have come ashore at Trigalow Beach, near Point Anne, east of the Town of Bremer Bay

Situation:

  • Two False Killer Whale carcasses consisting of a four metre adult female  and two metre juvenile came ashore on the afternoon of the 12th of September 2016.
  • The Department of Parks and Wildlife have euthanised one of the whales and the other was found already dead.
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife offices reported some suspected shark activity in the vicinity.
  • 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.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while the whale carcass remains present in the area.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Trigalow Beach area.
  • Adhere to any beach closures.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
05 September 2016

Shark WARNING for Injidup Beach near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark WARNING has been issued for Yallingup, after an interaction with a shark was reported late this afternoon at Injidup Beach.

Situation

  • To reduce the threat the Department of Parks and Wildlife have erected signage advising of recent shark activity.
  • The beach is not closed at this stage.
  • A community member reported that a shark (species unknown) had an interaction with a surfer knocking him off his surfboard. The surfer was assisted ashore and has reportedly not suffered any injury.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Yallingup area, including Injidup Beach.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
02 September 2016

Shark ADVICE for Leeman

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a humpback whale calf carcass being washed ashore approximately 800metres north of Leeman town site, near Tailor Rocks.

Situation:

  • The 4metre whale calf carcass was reported to the Department of Parks and Wildlife this afternoon.
  • It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the area near Leeman.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
02 September 2016

Shark WARNING for Mettams Pool to Watermans Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
The Department of Fisheries has issued a new shark warning for the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Mettams Pool and Watermans Bay. This replaces the previous warning for beaches between Scarborough and Hillarys Boat Harbour issued on 26 August. 

Situation:

  • There have been 63 shark sightings along the Perth Metropolitan northern beaches since 6 June.
  • 53 of these sightings have been in the waters between Mettams Pool and Watermans Bay including the most recent sighting on Tuesday 30 August.
  • Given the frequency and duration of the recent reported sightings there is a greater likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the Mettams Pool to Watermans Bay area.
  • During this time of year many beaches are not patrolled fulltime, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
30 August 2016

Shark ADVICE regarding Garden Island SMN receiver

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 2.45pm, 1 September 2016
Fisheries advise that the Garden Island Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver is back online. The network is now fully operational.

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system.

Situation:

  • Fisheries advise tagged shark detections from the Garden Island Shark Monitoring Network satellite linked receiver are intermittently offline.
  • Water users should assume the receiver is offline, and no tagged shark detections will be received from that station, until the fault has been resolved.
  • The Department of Fisheries is investigating the fault.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
26 August 2016

Shark WARNING for Scarborough to Hillarys

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
The Department of Fisheries has re-issued the shark warning for the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Scarborough and Hillarys Boat Harbour after a continuation of regular shark sightings in the area.
    
Situation:

  • There have been an increased number of shark sightings along the Perth Metropolitan northern beaches, since 6 June, including 62 sightings reports in the stretch between Trigg Point and Watermans Bay, which includes Mettams Pool.
  • A sighting of a white shark 6km off-shore at Scarborough was also reported Friday 12 August.
  • It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent reported sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.

What to do:

  • Reconsider swimming, surfing or diving, in the area between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Scarborough.
  • In the Perth area, don’t swim dive or surf around large schools of fish.
  • During winter many beaches are not patrolled full time so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date - Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
25 August 2016

SAFETY THREAT for Trigg beach from prolonged shark activity

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries has set shark capture gear offshore from Bennion Beach near Trigg after repeated shark sightings.

Situation:

  • It is apparent that a risk to water users in the Trigg to Hillarys area exists, which is now also reported to be impacting public amenity in the area.
  • There have been 61 shark sightings reported between 6 June and 25 August 2016.
  • Species have been reported as white sharks, bronze whaler sharks or as unknown species, of various sizes.
  • The majority of the sightings have been reported in the area of Mettams Pool to Watermans Bay, a distance of two kilometres.
  • This represents an unprecedented number of sightings over a sustained period of time and in a small stretch of water.

What to do:

  • Beaches one kilometre each side of Bennion Beach have been closed (Trigg beach to Mettams Pool) until 7:30 am on 26 August 2016.
  • Take additional caution in the Trigg beach to Mettams Pool area.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.
  • All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.