Shark fears after dead dolphin found on Rockingham beach

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A baby dolphin carcass at Rockingham beach has prompted authorities to issues a warning to locals that it may attract sharks.
Camera IconA baby dolphin carcass at Rockingham beach has prompted authorities to issues a warning to locals that it may attract sharks. Credit: Science Photo Library/Getty Images/SPL Creative RM

A baby dolphin carcass at Rockingham beach has prompted authorities to issues a warning to locals that it may attract sharks.

A juvenile dolphin carcass was spotted in the water by a Fisheries officer from the at Rockingham Beach

While officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) removed the carcass quickly, a spokesperson said it was still possible residue from the carcass could still bring sharks close to shore

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

Those on Rockingham Beach are being told to take care, be aware and if a shark is spotted, to report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.

DBCA officers said they would take the dolphin carcass to Murdoch University for scientific analysis.

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