A shark advice has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported approximately 200 metres south of Guillotines surf break, which is approximately three kilometres north of Gracetown.
Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have completed the assessment of a whale carcass at Guillotines and have identified it as a 12-metre-long Humpback Whale.
The carcass is in the advanced stages of decay, indicating it has been at sea for an extended period.
Beach closure signs have now been erected at Guillotines surf break.
Rangers are currently on site and are making a further assessment of accessibility at this location, which is known for its steep fringing limestone cliffs.
It is possible the carcass may act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while authorities deal with this situation.
Members of the public are asked to report any shark sightings to the Water Police on 9442 8600.