Shark warning due to whale carcass

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A decomposing whale carcass near Lancelin beach could lead to sharks coming in close to shore. File picture: DPIRD

A SHARK Advice has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Lancelin beach this afternoon.

  • The whale carcass, was reported at 12.47pm by a member of the public, on Lancelin beach adjacent to Grace Darling Park; BEN Sign GG170, Lancelin.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming in close 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 in the area.

 What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Lancelin Beach area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Use your Sea Senseand stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app 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 land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed

 What authorities are doing:

Shire of Gingin rangers have temporarily closed the beach and are working to remove the carcass as soon as possible.

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and rangers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

 Extra information:
Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA

 Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.