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Giant rotting whale head washes up, closes Aussie beach

May 28, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Local authorities closed popular Sorrento Beach on Perth’s northern suburbs yesterday after a large decomposing whale head washed ashore, an unpleasant sight to greet morning strollers.

The gigantic head, thought to be from a sperm whale, was discovered by locals yesterday.

Authorities reacted quickly, closing the beach over fears the rotting carcass could attract sharks. The whale is thought to have died naturally and the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife is investigating.

Earthmoving equipment was brought in to remove the head, with an excavator working for five hours at the grisly task.

Ranger Vaughn Chapple estimated the head weighed about five tonnes, adding that whale heads were generally a third of the size of a whale’s whole body.

A few weeks ago, a humpback whale washed up on another WA beach, Emu Point beach at Albany.

In that incident, a whale weighing about 3.2 tonnes stranded on the beach overnight and was reported to the Department of Parks and Wildlife the following morning.

As managing authority of Emu Point beach, the City of Albany was responsible for  removing that whale carcass.

Written by : Peter Needham

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