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Steer clear of whale carcass near Coral Bay

Whale calf, north of Coral Bay
Whale calf, north of Coral Bay Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people to avoid a whale carcass on a beach approximately 20km north of Coral Bay in the Pilbara Region.

A humpback calf stranded and died last night and its carcass may attract sharks, posing a risk to swimmers and other users of the Ningaloo Marine Park.

People are asked not to interfere with the carcass for health and safety reasons.

The carcass is expected to quickly deteriorate due to natural processes and incoming high tides. It is not feasible to remove the carcass because the area is not readily accessible to vehicles or vessels.

Warning signage will be installed at the beach and Parks and Wildlife is working with Department of Fisheries officers to monitor the situation.

Anyone who sees a stranded whale, or a whale carcass, should call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.


Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999