Whale carcass sparks shark advice for Wedge Islad in the Shire of Dandaragan

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An angler found this baby whale carcass on a beach near Greenough (2019).
Camera IconAn angler found this baby whale carcass on a beach near Greenough (2019). Credit: DPIRD/Supplied

People at Wedge Island have been warned to stay away from the beach to avoid sharks after a whale carcass washed up on the north side of the beach.

A shark advice has been issued for the Northern area of Wedge Island Beach in the Shire of Dandaragan, with the whale carcass reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers at 11:37 am this morning.

A Department of Primary Industries and Regional development spokesperson said it was possible the decomposing carcass would attract sharks to come in close to shore along that stretch of coast.

Wedge Island Beach north of Lancelin.
Camera IconWedge Island Beach north of Lancelin. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr/West Regional News

Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are working to remove the carcass.

The spokesperson said while it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the WA coast throughout the year, people in the area should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed and are asked to adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.

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

More advice on how to “Switch on your Sea Sense” and stay informed of shark activity information is available on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity and via the SharkSmart WA app.

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