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Shark ADVICE for Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury

Shark ADVICE for Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury

09 September 2018

Update on 10 September at 5.58pm

The City of Bunbury has now removed the carcass of a Humpback whale from Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury.

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 adhere to beach closures, warnings and any other relevant information advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Alert issued on 9 September, 2018

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on Outer Harbour Beach in Bunbury.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported to be 100 metres offshore by a member of the public at 10.50hrs, but has since beached.
  • 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 whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Outer 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: 
Parks and Wildlife Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are assisting the local land manager, the City of Bunbury, with advice on removal of the carcass.

The City of Bunbury is in the process of arranging removal of the carcass as soon as possible and has erected shark warning signs at the beach.  

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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