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Shark WARNING for North Point near Gracetown

Shark WARNING for North Point near Gracetown

26 September 2017

Update on 28 September at 10.30am:

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has re-opened the area from North Point to Lefthanders surfing spot from 10.00am today. 

Alert issued 26 September:

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for North Point near Gracetown after an interaction with a shark was reported at 6.45pm on 25 September 2017. The interaction reportedly occurred at 5.50pm.

Situation:

  • To reduce the threat to people, North Point to Lefthanders surfing spot has now been closed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and will remain closed until 10.00am on 28 September 2017 when the situation will be reassessed.
  • A member of the public reported a 3.5 white shark was acting aggressively toward a surfer. A further enquiry through Surf Lifesaving Western Australia has established that the shark has made contact with a surfer’s surfboard.

What to do:

  • Adhere to beach closures advised by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take additional caution in the Lefthanders to Guillotine Surfing spot 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 will monitor the situation and Parks and Wildlife Officers will monitor beach closures over the next few days.

The Surf Life Saving WA Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter will also conduct a sweep of the area as part of its patrol activity during the school holidays from 7.00 am through to 5.00pm each day.

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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