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Shark ADVICE for Kilcarnup Beach / Joeys Nose near Margaret River03 April 2018
Update on 5 April at 7.05pm:
Caution is advised at this location, because residues from the whale may have leaked where the carcass came ashore and they could be an attractant to sharks.
Department of Biosecurity, Conservation and Attractions officers removed the carcass yesterday.
Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Alert issued on 3 April 2018:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being reported on the beach, north of Joeys Nose at Kilcarnup in the shire of Margaret River.
- The whale was reported by a member of the public at 6:13pm this evening.
- The carcass is on the beach and a section of the carcass remains partially submerged and being affected by tidal conditions. There is a risk of the carcass being dislodged overnight and re-floating.
- 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 until the whale carcass is removed.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Kilcarnup 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:
Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are providing advice to the relevant authorities.
Resources will be deployed early tomorrow morning to assess the situation.
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.
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