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Shark ADVICE for Boranup Beach near Margaret River

Shark ADVICE for Boranup Beach near Margaret River

04 November 2017

Update on 5 November at 2.30pm:

The whale carcass reported at Boranup Beach has now been removed.

Caution is still advised as any residue from where the carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Alert issued 4 November:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Boranup Beach near the town of Margaret River.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public at 1301 hours.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to be 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 Boranup 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.

What authorities are doing:
Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions are attempting to secure the carcass to the shoreline and will be preparing heavy machinery overnight in a bid to remove the carcass tomorrow.

Extra information:
Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.

Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

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