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Shark ADVICE for Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay

Shark ADVICE for Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay

18 July 2017

Update on 21 July at 7.50am
The Whale Carcass reported to be at Boranup Beach North of Hamelin Boat Ramp has broken up and is no longer ashore. The site will be further assessed this morning.

As an extra precaution warning signs have remained in place . If there are no further shark sightings, the signs are expected to be removed today.

Alert issued 18 July:

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

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 8:52 am. The officers received a report late yesterday afternoon from local beach users.
  • The carcass is situated on the beach approximately 2.7 kilometres north of the Hamelin Bay Boat ramp.
  • It is possible the decomposing 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.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Boranup Beach 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:
Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are attending at the location to assess the conditions for the feasibility of removing the carcass and will erect warning signs around any parts of the carcass that remain.

Fisheries officers, along with staff from other agencies, are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

At this stage it is unknown when the carcass will be removed. 

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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