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This Advice message is being issued for Portland, Portland North.

  •  Due to two whale carcasses there could be an increase in shark activity reported at Portland.
  • whale carcass can attract sharks to the area and mean they are 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 the area.
  • This Advice replaces the Advice issued on Saturday at 8.18pm. 
Avoid the area. 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.
  • 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.
Impacts in your area:
  • The Victorian Fisheries Authority is monitoring for shark sightings and providing advice to relevant authorities. 
This message was issued by Victorian Fisheries.

The next update is expected by 30/01/2023 12:00 pm or as the situation changes.

Use multiple sources to stay informed: 
Accessibility: 
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency. 
  • To access this information in other languages, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline. 
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.