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Shark ADVICE for Long Point, near Port Kennedy

Shark ADVICE for Long Point, near Port Kennedy

28 July 2017

Update on 30 July at 12.45pm:
The Whale Carcass reported at Long Point, Port Kennedy 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 28 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported, one kilometre south of Long Point, near Port Kennedy.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was sighted at 5.45pm by a member of the public and reported to Fisheries at 6.00pm.
  • It is possible the 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 incident is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Long Point Beach/Secret Harbour 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:
Fisheries officers, along with staff from other agencies, will monitor the situation

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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