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

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17 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for Bloodwood Creek in the Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass that has come ashore at Bloodwood Creek in the Ningaloo Marine Park, south of the Town of Exmouth.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass came ashore on the afternoon of the 16th of August 2016.
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife has buried the carcass above the high water line near where it was washed up.
  • Shark hazard signs are in place at this location.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to 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 Bloodwood Creek 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.
12 August 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast Hillarys to Scarborough

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
As we head into a weekend of great weather for using the water, the Department of Fisheries is reminding people a shark WARNING remains in place for the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Scarborough after high numbers of shark sightings reported in recent weeks.

Situation:

  • There have been an increased number of shark sightings along the Perth Metropolitan northern beaches in the last 30 days, including 37 sightings reports (40 sharks in total) in the stretch between Trigg Point and North Beach, which includes Mettams Pool.
  • A sighting of a white shark 6km off-shore Scarborough, was also reported today (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.
  • Take additional caution in the Hillary’s to Scarborough area.
  • 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.
06 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System at Busselton and Floreat

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 1.15pm, 6 August 2016

Fisheries advise that the Leighton Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver is back online. However, the Floreat satellite linked receiver is now offline. Busselton receiver also remains offline.

  • The Department of Fisheries is investigating the faults.
  • Water users should assume that both are off-line until the faults have been resolved.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational.

Previous information at 10.15am, 6 August 2016

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 two off-shore Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receivers are currently offline. 
  • The locations of the receivers affected are: Busselton and Leighton.
  • The department is investigating the faults.
  • Water users should assume that both are off-line until the faults has been resolved.
  • 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.
31 July 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast between Hillarys and Trigg

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for water users in the Northern suburbs of Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Trigg Point after an increased number of shark sightings in recent weeks.

Situation:

  • There have been an increased number of shark sightings along the Northern beaches including 24 sightings at North Beach and Mettams pool between 11 and 31 July.
  • 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 Trigg Point.
  • In the Perth area, don’t swim dive or surf around large schools of fish.
  • Take additional caution in the Hillary’s to Trigg Point area.
  • 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.
31 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Cowaramup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 5.05pm, 1 August 2016
The whale calf stranded inside Left Handers surf break at Cowaramup on Sunday 31 July has been washed out to sea and searches of the area have failed to locate it or the other whales that were in the vicinity.

  • Authorities will continue to look for the whale in the coastal area near Cowaramup.
  • It is possible the whale may wash ashore in another location and act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

Department of Fisheries advice for this update is for water users to continue to take additional caution near Cowaramup and other beaches in the area between Capes Naturaliste and Leeuwin.

Previous information at 31 July, 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale being washed ashore inside Left Handers surf break Cowaramup.

Situation:

  • Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) has advised a whale calf has washed ashore inside Left Handers surf break Cowaramup. Two other whale calves are within 200 metres of the beached calf and could also beach sometime today.
  • It is possible the whale will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of beach near Left Handers.
  • 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 is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution near Cowaramup and Left Handers surf break.
  • Adhere to 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.
31 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Geographe Bay near Dolphin Road Busselton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 5.20pm, 1 August 2016
The whale carcass washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton on Sunday 31 July has been removed from the beach.

  • The carcass was removed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife on the afternoon of Sunday 31 July.
  • Some residue from the carcass has remained in the sand and an oil slick is stretching out to sea from the beach. This residue is likely to remain for several days and it possible it will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

Department of Fisheries advice for this update is for water users to continue to take additional caution in Geographe Bay.

Previous information at 31 July, 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton
 
Situation:

  • The eight metre whale carcass was reported washed ashore at approximately 7 am today.
  • It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of Geographe Bay.
  • 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 Geographe Bay.
  • Adhere to 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.
28 July 2016

Shark WARNING for Possession Point near Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Possession Point near Albany, after an interaction with a shark 200metres offshore was reported early this afternoon.

Situation:
•A kayaker has reported his kayak being bumped by a large shark, 200metres offshore, at Possession Point Albany. The shark is then reported to have circled the kayak. 
•The shark is reported to be approximately 4metres in length and of an unknown species.
•The Department of Fisheries is investigating.
•Due to the location, it is not possible to close beaches or access points to that area, so water users should take additional caution in the area.

What to do:
•Water users should take additional caution in the Possession Point 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 Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

26 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Bowes River mouth near Horrocks

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a humpback whale carcass being washed up approximately 200metres south of the Bowes River mouth.

The area is very popular with both surfers and fishermen, and is also only 6km south of the town of Horrocks. 

Situation:
• The 4-5metre whale carcass was reported by a member of the public at approximately 1.00pm today.
• 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 the Bowe River mouth.
• 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.

25 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Perth Metro beaches

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a confirmed shark sighting at a number of beaches Swanbourne, Floreat and City Beach today. A whale, believed to be a Southern Right Whale, was seen travelling close to the beaches being followed by a white shark. A number of shark sightings have also been reported at Mettam’s Pool Beach and North Beach over the last two days.

Situation:
• The initial sighting was made by Surf Life Saving WA.
• To reduce the threat to people, Swanbourne, City and Floreat beaches were closed.
• The shark was sighted initially at City Beach.
• All beaches have now re-opened.
• Sharks continue to be sighted at North Beach and Mettam’s Pool Beach. The frequency of these sightings in this area may be due to some environmental factors, but this has not been confirmed.  

What to do:
• Avoid the area around the whale, or any other marine life, that may be acting as an attractant to sharks.
• Adhere to beach closures and warning signs placed at beach access points where they have been closed.
• 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.

22 July 2016

Shark ADVICE for Shoalwater Bay near Rockingham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update: 10am, 25 July 2016
Fisheries advise Shoalwater Bay beach has been re-opened today, following the removal of the whale carcass late Saturday.

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at the sandbar between Seal Island and the mainland, approximately 500 metres off shore from Shoalwater Bay in the City of Rockingham.

Situation:
• The Department of Parks and Wildlife has made an initial assessment and, given the very shallow nature of the water in and around the sandbar, options are limited in terms of removal.
• It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to 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 in the area.

What to do:
• Take additional caution in the Shoalwater Bay area.
• Adhere to 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 the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.