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This Advice message is being issued for Sorrento, Blairgowrie.


The Victorian Fisheries Authority is assisting Wildlife Officers and Park Rangers with the management of a dead whale at Jubilee Point, Blairgowrie.

Due to the whale carcass there is an increased risk of sharks feeding near the beach. 

It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Victorian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed or decomposes. 

The Victorian Fisheries Authority is monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
Stay informed and do not enter the water at closed beaches.
What you should do: 
  • Take additional caution in the Blairgowrie area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by signs, Wildlife Officers, Rangers or Life Saving Victoria.
  • Keep informed of the latest sighting information on the VicEmergency website and app.
  • If you see a shark or any immediate danger, report the shark sighting by calling triple zero (000) or notify lifesavers immediately if you are at a patrolled beach.
This message was issued by Victorian Fisheries Authority.

The next update is expected by 11/12/2017 03:00 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.