Dead whale a hefty problem on Australind's Buffalo Beach

The dead whale was spotted on Buffalo Beach on Saturday. Picture by Kirk Davies.

The dead whale was spotted on Buffalo Beach on Saturday. Picture by Kirk Davies.

A HUMPBACK whale carcass has been sitting on Buffalo Beach near Australind since Saturday and the department of parks and wildlife is still weighing up options of how to deal with its removal.

A department spokeswoman urged the public to steer clear of the 10-metre long carcass because it posed health and safety issues.

“It’s a dead whale so it’s not very pleasant to be around – in saying that, it’s in a very remote location which can only be accessed by four-wheel-drive so there’s not too much chance of people going up to it,” the spokeswoman said.

She said the whale had several bite marks on it and at least one shark has been spotted in the area recently.

Removal of the carcass will prove difficult as it is sitting in the shallows at the beach and the department is taking a “wait and see” approach to its removal.  

The public can report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

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