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Shark ADVICE for Nanga Peninsula in Shark Bay

Shark ADVICE for Nanga Peninsula in Shark Bay

17 May 2017

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the Nanga Peninsula, inside of the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve in Shark Bay.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass, believed to be a 12 mtr Brydes whale, was reported by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, at 1pm on 17 May.
  • 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 in the area.

What to do:

  • The Department of Fisheries advice to water users is to take additional caution in the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve on the Nanga Peninsula.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Department of Parks and Wildlife officers.
  • 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:
The Department of Parks and Wildlife is monitoring 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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