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This Advice message is being issued for Kilcunda.

  • Due to a whale carcass there could be an increase in shark activity reported at Kilcunda, including Shelley Beach.
  • whale carcass can attract sharks to the area and mean they are closer to the shore than normal.
  • There is likely to be residue from the carcass in the area that could attract sharks. 
  • While it is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Victorian coast, you should exercise additional caution in the area.
  • The Victorian Fisheries Authority is assisting Wildlife Officers and Park Rangers with the management of the whale carcass at Kilcunda.
Stay informed and do not enter the water at closed beaches.
What you should do:
  • If you see sharks report the sighting by calling Triple Zero (000) or notify lifesavers immediately if you are at a patrolled beach.

Staying safe at nearby beaches:
  • Always swim, dive or surf with a friend.
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
  • Many beaches are not patrolled, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date.
  • 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 VFA.

The next update is expected by 23/10/2019 07:00 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.