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Shark ADVICE for Redgate Beach near Margaret River30 March 2018
Update on 2 April at 1.20pm:
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions officers have removed the beach closed signage at Redgate Beach and replaced it with shark hazard signage.
Additional caution is still advised, as any residue from where the carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.
Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Update on 31 March at 4pm:
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has advised a closed beach sign that has been in place at Redgate Beach today is expected to be replaced with a shark hazard warning tomorrow morning.
Extra caution is advised while the shark hazard sign remains in place.
Alert issued 30 March 2018:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being reported south of Redgate Beach, near the town of Margaret River.
- The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public at 5.45pm this evening.
- The carcass is approximately 200 metres south of the main Redgate beach surfing area. It is partially in the water and also exposed amongst rocks.
- The animal is decomposing and may act as an attractant, which 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 and incident is resolved.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Redgate Beach area.
- Adhere to any 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:
Officers of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are deploying resources to assess the situation.
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.