Denmark’s Prawn Rock Channel still closed to public after visit from sharks

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A shark at Prawn Rock Channel.
Camera IconA shark at Prawn Rock Channel. Credit: Shire of Denmark

A rare visit from sharks forced the closure of the recreational area at Denmark’s Prawn Rock Channel this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Shire of Denmark warned the community that a shark carcass near the bird sanctuary was attracting bronze whalers into Prawn Rock Channel.

“Recent reports of shark activity in and around the area were confirmed by Denmark Shire rangers who have erected warning signs to notify beachgoers and closed the recreational area until further notice,” the Shire said in a statement on Facebook.

“Crews are working on plans to remove the carcass. In the meantime rangers will monitor shark activity and will determine when the area may be reopened to the public.

“Ocean Beach itself has not been closed but beachgoers are asked to be mindful of their surroundings when visiting the area.”

A shark at Prawn Rock Channel.
Camera IconA shark at Prawn Rock Channel. Credit: Shire of Denmark

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development issued a shark advice alert for the area yesterday.

Fisheries officers had confirmed that at least three bronze whaler sharks had been seen in the channel.

A Shire spokeswoman said the shark carcass was removed yesterday but the recreational area at Prawn Rock Channel would remain closed until further notice.

For updates, visit sharksmart.com.au.

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