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Shark ADVICE for Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance

Shark ADVICE for Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance

20 August 2018

Update on 20 August at 12.55pm

Parks and Wildlife Service Officers from the  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have resolved the whale stranding incident at Wylie Bay Beach, with a humpback whale carcass removed from the area.

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 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 20 August, 2018

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale stranding incident at Wylie Bay Beach, in the Shire of Esperance.

Situation:

  • The whale stranding was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, at 8.30 am.
  • It is possible the stranded Humpback whale 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 stranding incident is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Wylie Bay 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 Service Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions 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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