POINT LOOKOUT (AUSTRALIA)- A 14.5 metre-long humpback whale carcass is attracting sharks to a beach, with swimmers being warned to stay out of the water. The whale became stranded on Main Beach 2km south of Point Lookout, Queensland, yesterday afternoon and had been attracting the interest of both locals and sharks.
The adult humpback whale washed up on North Stradbroke Island, about 1.5km south of the surf lifesaving club, on Saturday. But this morning Cameron Stewart, captain of the Point Lookout Surf Club, said that the whale had died.
The official advice to swimmers now is ‘don’t go into the water’. There are sharks waiting for the whale meat, but it is currently too shallow and the sharks can’t get to it. Lifeguards already spotted a tiger shark in the area.
Also other whales have been spotted circling the carcass about 300 metres away. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are on site with police officers, Sea World marine experts and traditional owners, determining what to do with the dead whale. The whale weighs between 30 to 40 tonnes, and will either be buried or towed out to sea. Tissue samples will be taken to help determine the whale’s cause of death.