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Humpback whale death on beach in Albany

Whale carcass at Emu Point, Albany
Whale carcass at Emu Point, Albany DPaW

A sub-adult humpback whale has died of natural causes on Emu Point beach, Albany, on Saturday 12 April.

The 6.5m whale, estimated to be about 12-months-old and weighing 3.2 tonnes, stranded on the beach overnight on Friday and was reported to the Department of Parks and Wildlife at 7.30am.

Parks and Wildlife Nature Conservation Regional Leader Deon Utber said the whale was alive when department staff arrived at the beach but died a short time later.

“The whale was in very poor condition and severely emaciated,” Mr Utber said.

“It died of natural causes at 9.15am.

“There was an injury on its flank but this did not contribute to the cause of death.”

Officers from Department of Fisheries and WA Police also attended the beach to assist Parks and Wildlife with the stranding.

As managing authority of Emu Point beach, the City of Albany will remove the whale carcass.

 

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Last modified on Monday, 14 April 2014 10:00