Whale carcass could bring sharks to Wedge Island

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People should take additional caution in the waters adjacent to the beach at the north eastern end of Wedge Island.

A SHARK advice has been issued due to a 3m humpback calf whale carcass reported ashore at Wedge Island, north of Lancelin.

The whale carcass was reported by Water Police at 12.09pm on Wednesday, July 3.  

A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development spokesman said it was possible the whale carcass would act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

He said while it was not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution.

People should take additional caution in the waters adjacent to the beach at the north eastern end of Wedge Island.

Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on 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 land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

He said Parks and Wildlife Service officers were monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.