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Shark ADVICE for the Canal Rocks area, south of Yallingup

Shark ADVICE for the Canal Rocks area, south of Yallingup

12 May 2017

Update 17 May:

Department of Parks and Wildlife has advised the carcass has now been removed, and signs will be removed at 2pm today.

Even though the carcass has been removed, as it could have been attracting sharks close to shore in the area since Friday, Department of Fisheries advise continued caution for water users in the area over the next few days.   

Alert level (issued 12 May):
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported washed onto rocks, north of the Canal Rocks Boat Ramp, south of Yallingup.

Situation:

  • The 6m pilot whale carcass was reported by Department of Parks and Wildlife at 12:50 today.
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife has advised the carcass is currently unable to be removed from the rocks.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • Warning signage has been placed in the area.
  • 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 Canal Rocks area.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Yallingup and Canal Rocks area, between Wyadup Bay and Canal Rocks Carpark.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Department of Parks and Wildlife Rangers, or Local Government.
  • 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 Fisheries, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

Department of Parks and Wildlife has placed warning signage for the safety of water users.

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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