Shark advice for Rabbits surfing spot in Yallingup

Shark advice for Rabbits surfing spot in Yallingup

Alert level

A shark advice has been issued due to a seal carcass at Rabbit Hill Surfing Spot, Yallingup.

Situation

The seal carcass was reported by a member of the public at 11am on May 2, 2021.

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 until the seal carcass is removed.

What to do

Take additional caution in the Yallingup 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

What authorities are doing

Fisheries officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, along with staff from other agencies, are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are attending the location to assess removal of the seal carcass.

Extra information

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website - sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter - twitter.com/SLSWA. Check sharksmart.com.au/news for updates to this alert and view other warnings and media releases.