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Whale head

Sperm whale head found off Perth beach

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…

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Prescribed burning in Mirima National Park and Darram Conservation Park

Prescribed burning in Mirima National Park and Darram Conservation Park

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people who live in the vicinity of Mirima National Park and Darram Conservation Park that prescribed burning will be getting underway next week. Parks and Wildlife East Kimberley district manager Luke Bentley said residents could expect to see burning from Monday 26 May to Monday 16 June, depending on weather conditions. “These burns are being undertaken to provide additional protection to properties located near the parks, and for nature conservation,” Mr Bentley said. “The parks will be closed for a number of days during this three-week period. “All prescribed burns are carefully planned and mapped out to protect communities. “While there may be short-term inconveniences such as smoke and road closures, these burns will greatly reduce bushfire…

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Carnaby's cockatoos are released at The Vines

Rehabilitated Carnaby’s cockatoos released into wild

Twenty endangered Carnaby’s cockatoos successfully rehabilitated after injuries are being released into the wild at two Perth locations. The birds are being released at The Vines and Kensington by Department of Parks and Wildlife officers and volunteers from the Black Cockatoo Rehabilitation Centre in Martin and Native Animal Rescue in Malaga. Wildlife officer Karen Smith said the white-tailed black cockatoos had spent about one year at the rehabilitation centres recovering from injuries caused by vehicle strike and other trauma, which had prevented them from flying. “Each bird is assessed prior to release and we are confident they will make a smooth transition back into the wild,” Ms Smith said. "To help keep track of them, leg bands and microchips have been placed on the birds…

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Storm-swept Shearwaters released at Abrolhos Islands

Storm-swept Shearwaters released at Abrolhos Islands

Seven wedge-tailed shearwaters that washed up exhausted on Midwest beaches after recent storms have been released back into the wild at the Abrolhos Islands. Department of Parks and Wildlife acting Midwest Regional Manager Anthony Desmond said the birds had been cared for by Geraldton wildlife rehabilitator Kerry Partridge. “The storms brought a lot of rain and wind and a number of shearwaters ended up pretty tired and bedraggled on beaches in the Geraldton area and further south towards Jurien Bay Marine Park,” Mr Desmond said. “Some of the washed up shearwaters unfortunately did not survive the experience, but this is to be expected after such a strong storm front. “Members of the public brought birds in to us and Parks and Wildlife staff also collected…

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Loggerhead turtles back in the swim at Coral Bay

Loggerhead turtles back in the swim at Coral Bay

Two lucky sea turtles are back in their home waters of the Indian Ocean after being released into the wild following a successful rehabilitation program. The juvenile loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) were found in poor condition on Rockingham beaches in August last year. The rescued sea turtles, named Jack and Sam by rehabilitators at the Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environment Centre, were returned to health in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and veterinarians from Perth Zoo. Regional wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said members of Rockingham’s Palm Beach Rotary Club kindly offered to return Jack and Sam to the waters of the north-west during a trip to Coral Bay. “Loggerheads are hatched in this region and are known to find their way onto Perth…

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