Yanchep whale carcass prompts shark advice alert

There's a shark alert in Yanchep after a whale carcass was found on the beach.  Photo: iStock
There's a shark alert in Yanchep after a whale carcass was found on the beach. Photo: iStock

A WHALE carcass on the beach south of the Yanchep town site has prompted a shark advice alert this afternoon.

A member of the public reported the carcass 1km south of the town site about 1.30pm to Parks and Wildlife Services officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The department has advised people to take extra caution in the area as the carcass could attract sharks, leading them closer in to shore.

“While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the WA coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the incident is resolved,” the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development alert said.

“Parks and Wildlife Service officers along with the land manager are monitoring the situation.

“Adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.”

People who do see a shark can call Water Police on 9442 8600, with all sighting information provided to response agencies and to the public via the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.