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This Advice message is being issued for Surf Beach and Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island

  • Due to a Sperm whale carcass being present there could be an increase in shark activity in the area between and including Surf Beach and Woolamai Beach.
  • You should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass has been removed.  
  • This Advice message replaces the Advice warning issued at 01:38 pm on the 01/04/2021. 
Stay informed and do not enter the water at closed beaches.
What you should do:
  • Avoid the area between Surf Beach and Woolamai Beach and 500 metres out to sea.
  • Victorian Fisheries Authority is monitoring the area for increased shark activity.
  • 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. 
  • Don’t swim in places where human or animal waste enters the water. 
  • Don’t remain in the water with bleeding wounds. 
  • Keep away from large schools of fish, seals or other wildlife as these can attract sharks.
This message was issued by Fisheries.

The next update is expected by 15/04/2021 12:30 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.