A shark alert has been issued, warning people in the Midwest to be vigilant after a whale carcass was spotted along the coast of Western Australia.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development issued shark advice Friday night after fisheries officials reported a decomposing whale carcass in Little Bay, south of Gregory in Northampton’s Shire.
A DPIRD spokesperson said: “It is possible that the decomposing carcass acted as an attraction that could cause the sharks to come closer to shore along this stretch of coast.”
“While it is not uncommon for sharks to be found off the coast of Western Australia year-round, people should exercise extra caution in the area.”
Fisheries will continue to monitor the situation.
People in the Little Bay area are being urged to exercise extra caution and adhere to any beach closures that may be in place.
Shark sightings can be reported to the Water Police at 9442 8600.
Stay up to date with shark activity information by checking out the SharkSmart website.