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Photos: The sperm whale head being removed from the beach using heavy machinery

Sperm whale head successfully removed from Perth beach

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has successfully removed the 3m head of a sperm whale carcass found on a beach yesterday in Sorrento in Perth’s northern suburbs. Parks and Wildlife Senior Marine Ranger Vaughn Chapple said heavy machinery had been used to remove the head, which weighed around five tonnes and was in an area that was difficult to access. “It was a complex and challenging operation due to the location as the whale head had to be moved by excavator up a 15m long 40 degree embankment,” he said. “Overall since the removal operation began this morning, it has taken five hours to remove the whale head, which is generally a third of the size of the entire whale’s body.” Mr Chapple said…

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Seven live toads found in mango plants

Cane toads found in plants consignment

Nine Kununurra cane toads have been found in a consignment of mango plants at a freight company’s Perth depot. Department of Parks and Wildlife officers yesterday (NB: Monday 26 May) retrieved seven live and two dead cane toads from a Toll Express truck, along with six northern green tree frogs and two other as yet unidentified native frogs. Wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said it was the largest number of cane toads to reach Perth in a single incident. “There were male and female toads hidden within the plants and if they had escaped from the truck and found a water source, it is possible they may have begun breeding,” Ms Johnston said. She said the vigilance of the freight company was to be commended. “We…

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Parks and Wildlife staff carrying out a prescribed burn in the Perth Hills area

Winter prescribed burning in the Perth Hills

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people around the Perth Hills and particularly Kalamunda about potential smoke in the area as the winter prescribed burning program gets underway. Parks and Wildlife district fire coordinator Michael Pasotti said residents could expect to see small scale strategic burning on land on the urban fringes, including Kalamunda, Lesmurdie, Gooseberry Hill, Forrestfield, Carmel, Canning Mills, Pickering Brook, Bickley, Piesse Brook, Hacketts Gully and Paulls Valley. “These smaller burns are being undertaken as opportunities arise throughout the winter to provide additional protection to properties located on the urban interface,” Mr Pasotti said. “They will complement the department’s usual broader scale burns carried out in the autumn and spring seasons to assist in reducing the impact of large scale…

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Sperm whale head found off Perth beach

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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