Shark warning remains for Bunbury beaches
A shark warning remains in place as authorities start work to remove a massive whale carcass from Bunbury’s BP Beach this morning.
The humpback whale – which is about 12m in length and believed to be about one-year-old – was first reported floating offshore about 10.50 yesterday morning.
The carcass became beached a short time later.
City of Bunbury rangers, police and Parks and Wildlife staff were called in to deal with the carcass, which had obvious signs of shark bites.
A shark warning is in place with rangers urging swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water.
Bunbury’s Axis Hire brought in a 50-tonne excavator yesterday afternoon to move the whale onto higher land where it remained overnight.
A big crowd was not deterred by the whale’s bad smell, as they gathered to get a glimpse – and touch – of the carcass.
The carcass is expected to be taken to the tip.
It is not yet known how the whale died.
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