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Sperm whale head found off Perth beach

Whale head
Whale head DPaW

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is working to remove a three-metre sperm whale carcass that was found off the coast of Sorrento this morning.

 Senior marine operations officer John Edwards said the whale head, which was likely to weigh up to 10 tonnes, was in an area that was difficult to access quickly with machinery.

“Removal of the carcass is taking some time due to its size and the logistics involved, and removal operations will again resume tomorrow,” he said.

“It’s possible that the sperm whale initially died of natural causes and the skull has come away during the breaking down process.

“When the whale carcass is removed, it will be disposed of at an approved refuse site.”

People are reminded that removing or interfering with the whale carcass is an offence under the Wildlife Conservation Act carrying a maximum penalty of $4000.


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