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Shark WARNING Cape Hamelin to Eagle Bay.

Shark WARNING Cape Hamelin to Eagle Bay.

13 March 2017

A shark WARNING has been issued for the area between Cape Hamelin and Eagle Bay in the South West after an increased number of reported shark sightings.

Situation:
•    A number of unknown species of shark, and tiger sharks, have been reported 23 times over the period 10 March to 12 March inclusive.
•    It is possible that the frequency or duration of the recent reported sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.
•    The change in activity may be due to a possible change in environmental conditions with schools of Australian Salmon being seen in the area over the last three days.

What to do:
•    Obey any beach closures advised by Local Government, Parks and Wildlife or Surf Life Saving WA.
•    Take extra caution in the area between Cape Hamelin and Eagle Bay.
•    Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
•    Many beaches in the area are not patrolled, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date.
•    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:
Department of Fisheries will continue to monitor the situation. To keep people safe, beaches may be closed.

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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