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Shark ADVICE for Hamelin Island near Hamelin Bay

Shark ADVICE for Hamelin Island near Hamelin Bay

06 November 2017

Update on 9 November at 10.40am:

There have been no further sightings of two of the five stranded whale carcasses. Three of the whale carcasses have been removed and taken to a landfill site. It’s believed the remaining two carcasses may have refloated and been swept out to sea, but it is possible they could beach again. Please report any whale carcass or shark sighting to Water Police on 9442 8600.  

Update on 6 November at 2.50pm:

A fifth long-finned whale carcass has now been located at Hamelin Island.

Alert issued 6 November:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to four whale carcasses being reported on the western side of Hamelin Island.

Situation:

  • The long finned pilot whale carcasses were reported by a member of the public on Sunday evening.
  • It is possible the carcasses will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along the island and the adjacent 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 area around Hamelin Island and in Hamelin Bay and Foul Bay areas of the coast.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, 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:
Wildlife Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

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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