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This Advice message is being issued for Croajingolong National Park near Petrel Point and Gale Hill.

  •  Due to beached whale carcasses there has been an increase in shark activity reported near Petrel Point on the Croajingolong coast.   
  • A large white shark has been sighted near the whale carcasses. 
  • A whale stranding can attract sharks to the area and may mean large sharks may be in higher concentrations and closer to the shore than normal. 
  • While it is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Victorian coast, you should exercise additional caution in this area.  
  • The Victorian Fisheries Authority is monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities 
Stay informed and do not enter the water at closed beaches
What you should do:
  • Avoid entering the water between Mueller River and Rame Head west of Wingan Inlet.  
  • Take additional caution between the area between Wingan Inlet and Point Hicks to approximately 2 km offshore.
  • Adhere to any signs or instructions from Wildlife Officers, Parks Victoria Rangers or Victorian Fisheries Officers. 
  • Keep informed of the latest sighting information on the VicEmergency website and application. 
  • If you see a shark or any immediate danger, report the shark sighting by calling triple zero (000) or notify lifesavers immediately if you are at a patrolled beach. 
  • For more information on staying safe around sharks go to: vfa.vic.gov.au/education/shark-smart
Staying safe at nearby beaches
  • Always swim, dive or surf with a friend. 
  • Don't swim in places where human or animal waste enters the water. 
  • Keep away from large schools of fish, seals or other wildlife as these can attract sharks. 
This message was issued by the Victorian Fisheries Authority.
This message was issued by Victorian Fisheries Authority.

The next update is expected by 06/12/2018 02:20 pm or as the situation changes.

For more information on staying safe around sharks:
Stay informed:
  • Via www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
  • Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.
  • Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about this warning on 1800 226 226 (freecall).
  • People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
  • For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak English, provide them with this number.
  • Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter or Facebook.