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Shark WARNING for Wylie Bay near Esperance

Shark WARNING for Wylie Bay near Esperance

15 September 2017

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Wylie Bay east of Esperance following two reported sightings of white sharks near Kelp beds.

Situation:

  • Two recent white shark sightings in Wylie bay have been reported.
  • On Thursday 14 September at 06:40 hrs one unknown size white shark was sighted at Kelp Beds and at 15:00 hrs a 3.5 metre white shark was sighted at Lion Island.
  • It is possible these recent reported sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the Wylie bay area.
  • During winter many beaches are not patrolled fulltime, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date.
  • 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:
Local Government rangers and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have erected warning signs on Wylie bay access points advising of the recent shark activity. Fisheries officers will continue to monitor the situation.

Extra information:
It is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the coast throughout the year.

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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