Whale carcass near Seabird leads to shark warning

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A shark advice is still in place due to a whale carcass in the Cape Leschenault area south of Seabird. Picture: Parks and Wildlife Service

WATER users have been advised to be alert for sharks due to a whale carcass in the Cape Leschenault area south of the Seabird town site on July 4.

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Cape Leschenault, 2.5km south of Seabird town site in the Shire of Gingin.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 8.30am on July 4.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in 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.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Cape Leschenault area, near Seabird.
  • Use your Sea Sense and 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:

Parks and Wildlife officers and local 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.