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Shark ADVICE for Staggies Reef, off Mindarie

Shark ADVICE for Staggies Reef, off Mindarie

08 July 2017

Update 12:30pm on 9 July:

The updated location of the whale carcass today is that it remains offshore and is currently 5.4km north-west of Mindarie. A school of sharks has been reported feeding on the carcass.

The warning area of Ocean Reef to Alkimos is still in place.

Alert issued 8 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Staggies Reef, 1km offshore from Mindarie.

Situation:

• The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public just after 3pm today. Two sharks feeding on the carcass were also reported.
• It is possible 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.
• Due to light winds, drift modelling has been unable to indicate if the carcass is likely to continue to drift out to sea, or make landfall. 
• Water users, including divers should take additional caution at least 5km either side of Mindarie, and Staggie Reef. 
• While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, additional caution should be taken in waters between Ocean Reef and Alkimos for the next few days.

What to do:

• Water users should take additional caution in waters between Ocean Reef and Alkimos.
• 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, 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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