Shark advice in place for Yallingup

Two kayakers were photographed paddling about one kilometre off Canal Rocks near a whale carcass, despite a shark warning being issued after an interaction with a kayaker days earlier.

Fisheries sent out a warning for the area from Injidup Beach to Smiths Beach after a person reported the bump.

Dunsborough resident Blair Ranford captured images of the two kayakers paddling through an oil slick which was seeping from the whale carcass.

In a separate image, Mr Ranford also photographed a white shark cruising through the whale slick.

”Given a kayaker was bumped by a big white shark just days ago (which was without a doubt attracted by the whale carcass), it is just nuts to have two more people out there fishing from small kayaks right where the sharks will be,” he said. 

“The sharks are a hell of a lot bigger than their kayaks.” 

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Fisheries have advised people to adhere to beach closures and to take caution by keeping informed of the latest detection and sighting information on the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

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 Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

What authorities are doing

Due to a whale carcass at Wyadup, Canal Rocks, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions issued a Regulation 44 closure on Sunday for the area from the southern end of Injidup Beach to the southern end of Smiths Beach. 

The closure includes waters extending two kilometres seaward in the area.

This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Parks and Wildlife officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will continue to monitor the area.

Extra information 

Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.