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Shark sightings and response

Shark sightings should be reported to the Water Police on 9442 8600. This number is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Reported sightings and tagged shark detections are displayed on our real-time shark activity map and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter account, and are sent by text to response agencies allowing beaches to be closed when needed.

Our officers and the WA Police, with support from the Department of Parksand Wildlife, Rottnest Island Authority, coastal Local Government Authorities (ranger services) and the frontline of beach safety – Surf Life Saving WA – all play their part to keep swimmers safe.

Surf lifesavers are watching from the beaches, on the water and in the air, with public officers ready to respond to sightings and incidents.

Further information on shark sightings, detections and responses can be found on the Sharksmart website.​

Last modified: 23/11/2016 11:10 AM

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