Whale carcass removed from beach but warning remains

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


A WHALE carcass has been removed form Lancelin beach but people are still being advised to be cautious as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached could still attract sharks to the area.

A shark advice for the area was issued by Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) on September 2 after a member of the public reported the whale carcass about 12.47pm.

The advice said the carcass was on Lancelin beach adjacent to Grace Darling Park; BEN Sign GG170, Lancelin.

The report of the whale carcass led to Shire of Gingin rangers temporarily closing the beach while working to remove the carcass.

Fisheries advises people to:

  • 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 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.

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.