Shark Attack off Exmouth Highlights Need for Increased Monitoring and Reporting

In a recent incident off the coast of Exmouth, Western Australia, a man was attacked by a shark while spearfishing near Peak Island. The victim sustained minor injuries during the encounter with a lemon shark, but is currently in a stable condition after receiving prompt treatment at Exmouth Hospital.

The incident has prompted the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to issue a shark alert warning for the Peak Island area. Local authorities are advising individuals in the vicinity to respect beach closures and exercise caution when entering the water.

This attack serves as a reminder of the importance of monitoring and reporting shark sightings. For this reason, the public is strongly encouraged to report any shark sightings to Water Police at 9442 8600. By promptly sharing this information, it can be relayed to relevant authorities, land managers, and the public through various channels such as the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app, and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

Increasing efforts in monitoring and reporting shark activity are crucial for ensuring the safety of both residents and tourists. By gathering and analyzing data on shark sightings, researchers can gain valuable insights into the behavior and movements of these marine creatures. Additionally, this information aids in implementing appropriate measures to prevent future incidents.


Q: How can I report a shark sighting in Western Australia?
A: You can report a shark sighting to Water Police at 9442 8600.

Q: What happens after I report a shark sighting?
A: When you report a shark sighting, the information is shared with land managers, relevant authorities, and the public through platforms like the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app, and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

Q: Why is monitoring and reporting shark sightings important?
A: Monitoring and reporting shark sightings help researchers gather valuable data on their behavior and movements, leading to better safety measures and prevention of future incidents.