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Shark ADVICE between Quininup and Wilyabrup, north of Gracetown

Shark ADVICE between Quininup and Wilyabrup, north of Gracetown

04 July 2016

**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. 

What to do:
• Take additional caution between Quininup and Wilyabrup, including Honeycombs Beach and Surf Spot, and Moses Rock Beach and Surf Spot.
• Adhere to any beach closures and warning signs placed at beach access points by Department of Parks and Wildlife if for any reason the beach is re-closed.
• 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.

What authorities are doing:

The Department of Fisheries, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife are monitoring any further reports from the area.

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