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Shark WARNING between Scarborough and Fremantle, including Floreat Beach

Shark WARNING between Scarborough and Fremantle, including Floreat Beach

14 July 2017

Alert level:

  • A shark WARNING has been issued after an interaction with a shark was reported at Floreat Beach.
  • The warning has been extended to cover the area between Scarborough to Fremantle based on white shark sightings and the presence of whale carcasses over the last week.

Situation:

  • A surfer leaving the beach, reported to council workers a white shark had grazed him as he was surfing. There are no further details at this stage and it is not known if the surfer suffered any injuries. The incident is unconfirmed (including species and size) and Fisheries officers are attending to investigate.
  • To reduce the threat to people, the beach between Track 21 through to the Floreat Groyne has now been closed by the Town of Cambridge and will remain closed until 1pm Saturday 14 July when Town of Cambridge will reassess the situation.

What to do:

  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take additional caution between Scarborough and Fremantle, and follow beach closures in the Floreat Beach area.
  • 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 Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

What authorities are doing:
Fisheries Officers are attending to investigate. There are no further details on the interaction at this stage. 

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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