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Shark ADVICE for Preston Beach, south of Mandurah

Shark ADVICE for Preston Beach, south of Mandurah

15 September 2018

Update on 16 September at 11am

An inspection of Preston Beach this morning by Waroona Rangers has not been able to locate the dolphin carcass that was reported to have come ashore yesterday.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as the carcass may have been washed back into the ocean and may still attract sharks to the area.

Water users should adhere to beach closures 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 15 September, 2018

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a dolphin carcass being washed ashore. 

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) officers have reported the carcass is located approximately 1 - 2km north of the northern entrance to Preston Beach.

Situation:

  • A dolphin carcass has washed ashore and may attract sharks.
  • The decomposing carcass will continue to 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 dolphin carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Preston 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:
DBCA officers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

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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