Diamond Bay in Sorrento has been closed after a 14-metre Bryde’s whale carcass washed up on the shore.
“A dead whale has washed up near Sorrento Beach at Jubilee Point. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria are working together to remove the whale,” a statement said.
VicEmergency has warned people against swimming in the area as sharks may have been drawn closer to shore by the dead whale. The nearby Point Jubilee walking track was also closed.
The carcass will remain at the beach until Parks Victoria determines an appropriate way to remove it.
"Moving a whale of this size is a complex task and we are weighing up all the available options," a spokesman for the DELWP told the Age.
Because the carcass is lying in shallow water surrounded by reef, it’s not possible to call in an excavator to bury the whale.
Broadsheet reached out to Parks Victoria, DELWP, Planning Mornington Peninsula Shire and Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club but could not confirm whether the whale was still there at the time of publication. VicEmergency’s “Dangerous Animal” warning remains active for Blairgowrie and Sorrento.
Bryde’s whales belong to the same family as Blue and Humpback whales. The one washed up in Sorrento is male and not an adult.
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