Posted by: The ocean update | July 23, 2016

Shark warning at Shoalwater Bay after humpback whale carcass washes ashore (Australia)

Heavy haul : Wildlife officers tow the carcass. Picture : Steve Parkins

Heavy haul : Wildlife officers tow the carcass. Picture : Steve Parkins

July 23rd, 2016 (Matthew Dower). A 12-METRE humpback whale carcass is being removed from Shoalwater Bay, south of Perth, as sharks are drawn to the area.

A shark advice warning has been issued for waters in Shoalwater Bay after the carcass

was reported by the Department of Parks and Wildlife on Friday.

A DPAW spokesman said department staff was working on Saturday morning to remove the carcass from the water.

It’s estimated the carcass will be removed by mid-afternoon. The carcass and removal operation is reportedly attracting crowds to the beach.

DPAW also believe the carcass may have been floating in the water for up to a week, but couldn’t confirm the cause of death.

It’s believed the carcass will be taken to a landfill site.

The whale carcass was reported by DPAW just before 5pm on Friday near Seal Island in Shoalwater Bay and made its way closer to mainland overnight.

DPAW reported a sighting of a tiger shark circling the dead whale at about 8.30am on Saturday.

The shark was about 500 metres offshore at Seal Island when it was spotted.

Surf Life Saving WA put out a further warning to beachgoers after a public report of an unknown species shark spotted on Saturday before 10am near Port Kennedy beach.

The shark was sighted about 100 metres offshore.

Fisheries WA have advised beachgoers to obey any beach closures and “take additional caution in the Shoalwater Bay area”.

For the latest information on shark warnings, visit sharksmart.com.au.

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