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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. 

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26 May 2016

Shark ADVICE for Boodjidup Beach, south of Prevelly

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to part of a whale carcass being reported at Boodjidup Beach, South of Prevelly. 

Situation:

  • The partial carcass was reported by Department of Parks and Wildlife at 11:20am this morning.
  • It is possible the decomposing piece of 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 in the area, until the whale carcass can be removed.
20 May 2016

Shark WARNING for Graveyards Beach near Exmouth

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Graveyards Beach near the Town of Exmouth after an interaction with a shark was reported today (20 May 2016).

Situation:
The Department of Fisheries has investigated the report of a 3.5 to 4 metre shark that interacted with a surfer at approximately 5pm yesterday (19 May). The surfer reported he was alone, when he encountered what he described as a large tiger shark that surfaced beneath his surf board, causing him to fall into the water.

The surfer was not injured.

17 May 2016

Shark ADVICE for three Perth offshore monitoring receivers

Current Alerts and Warnings

UPDATE on 1 June, 2016:
Services have been restored to the 2.5kms off Mullaloo, the 3.5kms off Trigg and the 1.5kms off Scarborough Shark Monitoring Network receivers. 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 three off-shore Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receivers are currently offline.
  • The locations of the receivers affected are: 2.5kms off Mullaloo, 3.5kms off Trigg and 1.5kms off Scarborough.
  • The Department is investigating the fault. The receiver located 2.5kms off Mullaloo is off-line and the other two are intermittently operational – requiring further investigation. Water users should assume that all three are off-line until the fault has been resolved.
  • The remainder of the system is fully operational, including all in-shore receivers.
09 May 2016

Our State Budget 2016-17: Funding commitment to address shark hazard

Media Release
  • $1.54 million to continue world-class shark hazard mitigation program
  • $400,000 for more beach enclosures
23 April 2016

Capes coastline WARNING renewed for ANZAC weekend

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
For the ANZAC long weekend and the rest of April, the Department of Fisheries is renewing its shark warning in WA’s South West, for the area between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin, due to continuing shark activity and sightings in recent weeks.

Situation:

  • It is possible that the number of sightings in this area 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 as schools of salmon have been reported in the immediate and adjacent areas in recent weeks.
08 April 2016

WARNING for Cape to Cape coastline in the South West

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
With school holidays beginning this weekend, the Department of Fisheries is renewing and extending its shark warnings to the area between Cape Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin after an increased number of shark sightings in recent weeks.

Situation:

  • It is possible that the number of sightings in this area 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 as schools of salmon have been reported in the immediate and adjacent areas in the last few weeks.
07 April 2016

New insight into white shark behaviour

Media Release
  • ​Research data released from nearly 180,000 detections of tagged sharks
  • Tagged sharks monitored by satellite-linked and data-recording receivers
  • Information helps to build picture of shark movements in WA 
26 March 2016

Shark WARNING for Injidup Point Beach to Cape Naturaliste

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for the area between Injidup Point Beach (south of Yallingup) and Cape Naturaliste after an increased number of shark sightings reported by the Surf Life Saving South West helicopter.

Situation:

  • A number of unknown species of sharks has been reported on 25 and 26 March.
  • It is possible that the number of sightings in this area 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 as schools of salmon have been reported in the immediate and adjacent areas in the last few days.
20 March 2016

Shark WARNING for Other Side of The Moon near Cape Naturaliste

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Other Side of the Moon surfing spot near Cape Naturaliste after an increased number of reported shark sightings by the Surf Life Saving South West helicopter.

Situation:

  • A number of unknown species of three metre sharks has been reported over the past two days at 4.15pm on 19 March and 9.23am today (20 March).
  • It is possible that the number of sightings in this area 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, as schools of salmon have been reported in the immediate and adjacent areas in the last few days.
  • Schools of salmon have been observed from Conto’s surfing spot to Bunker Bay over the last few days.
28 February 2016

Shark WARNING for the Capes area between Cape Naturaliste and Gnarabup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for an area between Cape Naturaliste and Gnarabup area after an increased number of reported shark sightings. Sharks have been reported over the weekend at Windmills, Yallingup North, Other Side of the Moon, Smiths Beach, Honeycombs and Gnarabup.

Situation:

  • A number of sharks have been reported in the area, both from public reports and the Surf Lifesaving helicopter over the period of 27 and 28 February 2016.
  • A 2.5m shark was sighted at Gnarabup Beach on 27/02 and a 2.5m shark on 28/2.
  • A 3.1 m shark was sighted at Honeycombs on 27/2 and a 3.0m shark on 28/2.
  • A 3.5 m shark and a 4m shark were sighted at Windmills on 28/2.
  • A 3m shark was sighted at Smiths Beach on 28/2.
  • A 3m shark was sighted at Other Side of the Moon on 28/2.
  • It is possible that the frequency or duration of the recent sightings 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. There have been reports of unusually high numbers of schooling tuna in the area.