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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.

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.

22 July 2016

Shark WARNING for Toms Surf Break at North Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Toms Surf Break in North Beach, after a series of reports at this location during the past several days. The most recent report was made by a member of the public after midday today (Friday 22 July).

Situation:
• The most recent public  report received after mid day today was of a 2.5 metre unknown species of shark at Toms Surf Break.
• Previous to this report the beach was closed and later re opened by Surf Life savers on 20 July, due to a sighting of  2 metre shark, believed to be a Bronze Whaler, and a 3.5 meter unknown species of shark.
• There were also sightings made on the 18th and 19th of July of a 2.5 metre and a 3 metre shark, believed to be Bronze Whaler.
• The species of the sharks reported cannot be confirmed.

What to do:
• Take additional caution in the Toms Surf Break and nearby areas at North 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.

04 July 2016

Shark ADVICE between Quininup and Wilyabrup, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

**UPDATED - CARCASS REMOVED. BEACH NOW OPEN**

A shark ADVICE remains in place for the area between Quininup and Wilyabrup, due to a whale carcass washed ashore at Honeycombs Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown earlier this week.

The carcass has now been removed,  and Honeycombs Beach has been reopened. 

Situation:
• The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public to the Department of Parks and Wildlife at approximately noon Monday.
• Although it has now been removed, it is possible some leaching from the decomposing carcass occured during clean up, will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast, so water users are advised to take caution.
• 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 close to shore. 

04 July 2016

ADVICE of temporary outage to the WA Shark Notification system - now resolved

Current Alerts and Warnings

A partial outage occurred this morning between 08:40am and 10:00am in the SharkSmart website element of the WA shark notification system.

Department of Fisheries has since restored the system to full operational status, and the information on the site is now fully updated.

 

03 July 2016

Shark WARNING for the coast between Hillarys and Trigg

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
At the beginning of school holidays the Department of Fisheries has issued a shark WARNING for water users in the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Trigg Point after an increased number of reported shark sightings over the last few days.

Situation:

UPDATE 5 July:

  • There have been a total of nine public sighting reports of large sharks from Thursday 30 June to Tuesday 5 July in the 2.5km stretch between Mettams Pool, and Watermans Bay.
  • It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent reported sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.
  • The initial warning issued on Sunday night was following seven public sighting reports of large sharks from Thursday 30 June to Sunday 3 July in the 2.5km stretch between Mettams Pool, and Watermans Bay.

What to do:

  • Reconsider swimming, surfing or diving, in the area between Hillarys Boat Harbour and Trigg Point.
  • In the Perth metropolitan area, don’t swim, surf or dive around large schools of fish.
  • 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 so beaches can be closed if needed, and is available to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
  • Obey any beach closures in place.
  • During winter 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.
10 June 2016

Mindarie beaches are now open but extra caution is advised

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches around Mindarie – where a fatal shark incident occurred one kilometre offshore last Sunday – are open again.

The beaches that have been reopened by the City of Wanneroo are located either side of Mindarie Boat ramp - from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot south of the ramp and Quinns Beach to the north.

Although the beaches are now open again, given the severity of Sunday’s incident, the department advises water users to take additional caution in the Mindarie area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the area by not surfing or diving when large schools of fish are present.
  • 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 so beaches can be closed if needed, and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
09 June 2016

Mindarie beaches to reopen but additional caution is advised

Current Alerts and Warnings

Beaches around Mindarie – where a fatal shark incident occurred one kilometre offshore last Sunday – will be reopened tomorrow by the City of Wanneroo.

Beaches to be reopened are located either side of Mindarie Boat ramp - from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot south of the ramp and Quinns Beach to the north.

Although beaches will be re-opened, given the severity of Sunday’s incident, the department advises water users to take additional caution in the Mindarie area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the area by not surfing or diving when large schools of fish are present.
  • 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 so beaches can be closed if needed, and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
08 June 2016

Mindarie beaches to remain closed near incident site

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Fisheries officers will continue to patrol waters around Mindarie on Thursday following a fatal shark bite incident, which occurred one kilometre offshore on Sunday.
 
Beaches in the area remain closed until further notice and swimmers, surfers and divers are advised to stay out of the water.

The Department of Fisheries will continue to monitor and patrol throughout the day, and will reassess the situation if needed.

Although no capture gear will be deployed, if sightings of a large shark in the area are reported, the department will make a further assessment at that time. The vessel will carry capture gear on board so it is able to respond if needed.

What to do:

  • The City of Wanneroo has closed beaches either side of Mindarie Boat ramp, south from Claytons Beach and Surf Spot and north to Quinns Beach. Beaches will remain closed for the remainder of today and tomorrow.
  • Stay out of the water in the Mindarie area until further advice is issued.
  • 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.