Shark warning for Leeman coast

Midwest Times
Swimmers are warned to avoid the water at Knobby Head between Leeman and Dongara
Camera IconSwimmers are warned to avoid the water at Knobby Head between Leeman and Dongara Credit: WA News

Swimmers and anglers are warned to beware of sharks after a whale carcass was reported at Knobby Head between Leeman and Dongara on Thursday afternoon.

The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 3.30pm.

A spokesperson for the Department of Primary Industries said it was possible the decomposing carcass would act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close to shore on that 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,” he said.

“If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.

“All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.”

People in the Knobby Head area are urged to observe beach closures advised by Shire rangers, and stay informed by checking the SharkSmart website www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed twitter.com/SLSWA.

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