Advice - Env
1571639537000Last Monday at 5:32 PM
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.
- A 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
- 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:
- 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