A SHARK warning remains in place at Kilcunda after a whale carcass was spotted roughly 200m offshore last night (Monday, October 14).

There were reports of an increase in shark activity last night near the Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat, according to authorities.

“While it is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Victorian coast, you should exercise additional caution in the area,” VicEmergency said in an advice message.

“There is likely to be residue from the carcass in the area that could attract sharks.”

The Victorian Fisheries Authority is assisting wildlife officers and park rangers with the management of the whale carcass.

Authorities are encouraging people to stay informed and not to enter the water at closed beaches.

What you should do:

  • If you see sharks report the sighting by calling Triple Zero (000) or notify lifesavers immediately if you are at a patrolled beach.
  • Take extra caution in the area adjoining the Kilcunda Oceanview Holiday Retreat by swimming at patrolled beaches / not surfing or diving in the area.

Staying safe at nearby beaches:

  • Always swim, dive or surf with a friend.
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags on patrolled beaches.
  • Don’t swim in places where human or animal waste enters the water.
  • Keep away from large schools of fish, seals or other wildlife as these can attract sharks.

Stay up-to-date at VicEmergency.