Whale carcass at popular WA beach prompts shark alert

A shark warning is in place for swimmers at a popular beach in the State’s South West.

Beach goers have been warned to take extra caution when swimming at Myalup Beach, in the Shire of Harvey, after a whale carcass washed ashore.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development issued the alert about 12.19pm on Thursday, saying the carcass is approximately 2km north of the popular beach.

“It is possible the decomposing carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close,” the alert read.

“While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australia coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution.”

DPIRD are working with relevant authorities to monitor the situation.

Swimmers should adhere to beach closures in the area and use their sea sense by staying informed and checking SharkSmart.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police.

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