Lancelin beach reopens after whale death but shark alert remains in place

Brianna DuganThe West Australian
A team from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is on its way to Lancelin.
Camera IconA team from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is on its way to Lancelin. Credit: supplied

UPDATE: An injured whale calf that died on Lancelin’s beach has prompted authorities to issue a shark alert for the area.

The injured calf was found by Shire of Gingin rangers at 8.30am. It’s not known how the whale was injured.

A spokesperson for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions confirmed the baby humpback whale was dead when their team arrived.

“It is likely to have separated from its mother or been sick,” the spokesperson said.

Shire of Gingin rangers removed the whale from the beach.

The shark advice still remains in place for Lancelin beach but it remains open with swimmers advised to use caution.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails