A 12-metre whale weighing approximately 40 tonnes was found dead on the beach near Margaret River leading to a shark warning.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife will soon do the necessary to remove the whale carcass that washed up on Honeycombs beach in Leeuwin-Naturaliste national park in the Western Australia’s south-west.
The whale is estimated to weigh 30 to 40 tonnes and is likely to have died in the past few days at sea and then washed ashore.
Because it is a popular surf location, the decomposing whale could attract sharks to the area, therefore we have decided to remove the animal in the interests of public safety,” Parks and Wildlife Ngari Capes Marine Park co-ordinator Matthew Dasey said.
The beach has been closed and people have been requested to stay away from the water. The carcass will be transported to a landfill facility.
There have been a large number of sharks spotted on Perth’s northern beaches during the past week, including five sharks that were above three-metres long.
Last month, there were two fatal shark attacks off Perth’s coast. Ben Gerring was attacked while surfing near Mandurah and lecturer Doreen Ann Collyer was killed while diving 1km off Mindarie, in Perth’s north.