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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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23 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for SMN receivers at Busselton and Floreat

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
The partial outage in the shark notification system has been restored, with repairs now complete for the Department of Fisheries Shark Monitoring Network receivers at Busselton and Floreat.

Situation:

  • Tagged shark detections from the Shark Monitoring Network receivers at Busselton and Floreat have been fully restored today.
  • Favourable weather conditions in the past two days have allowed departmental staff to safely conduct the infield operations to be able to bring them back online.
  • Work had commenced on the Floreat receiver on 20 August, with a new generation VR4G receiver being placed onsite, but weather conditions deteriorated and staff were unable to safely complete the final steps to enable the receiver to be brought online.

What to do:

  • 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.
17 August 2016

Shark ADVICE for Yeagarup Beach on the South West Coast

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass that has come ashore at Yeagarup Beach in the Warren Region South West Coast.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public and confirmed by Department of Parks and Wildlife officers late on the afternoon of the 16th of August 2016.
  • The carcass of a juvenile 4.5m long Humpback whale is approximately 13 kilometres west along the beach from the main access into Yeagarup.
  • Due to prevailing conditions and the difficult access to the area the carcass will remain at its current location until at least Tuesday the 23rd of August.
  • 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 Yeagarup 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.
17 August 2016

Shark WARNING for Turquoise Bay in Ningaloo Marine Park

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Turquoise Bay in the Ningaloo Marine Park, south of the Town of Exmouth. There have been reports at this location of increased shark activity stimulated by an injured whale. The most recent report was made by Department of Parks and Wildlife Officers in the late afternoon of the 16th of August.

Situation:

  • An injured humpback whale was observed at Turquoise Bay, approximately 100metres off shore and three sharks were observed in this area, the largest being approximately 3.5m in length.
  • The sharks were observed attacking the injured whale.
  • The Department of Parks and Wildlife has closed the beach.
  • Shark Hazard warning signs are in place.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Turquoise Bay area and nearby areas.
  • 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.
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.