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Shark ADVICE for Knobby Head, Shire of Irwin26 July 2018
Update on 27 July at 4:00pm
The Shire of Irwin has removed the whale carcass from Knobby Head, north of Leeman.
Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.
Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.
Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600
Alert issued on 26 July, 2018
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being reported at Knobby Head, between the towns of Leeman and Dongara, in the Shire of Irwin.
- The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 3.30pm.
- 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 Knobby Head area.
- Adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers.
- 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 are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
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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