Posted by: The ocean update | November 7, 2018

Dead pilot whale calf washes up on Swanbourne Beach (Australia)

Dead pilot whale calf washed up on Swanbourne Beach this morning.

November 7th, 2018. The carcass of a whale calf has washed up on Swanbourne Beach this morning (Ed Sibylline : closed to a military base).

The small whale was discovered by beachgoers early this morning and reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers about 8.20am.

The same animal is understood to have been beached at Fremantle on Tuesday evening.

It was helped back into the water by onlookers and was seen swimming away.

However, it appears the animal may have got into difficulty during the night and beached itself again.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has issued a shark warning because of fears it could attract the predators to the coast.

The beach has been closed by local rangers until the carcass is removed.

“While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed,” the Department said.

Beachgoers are being urged to take extra care in the area and to monitor shark sightings on the SharkSmart website.

Anyone who sees a shark is asked to report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.

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