Whale carcass a ‘honey pot’ for sharks
Surfers in the region want wildlife authorities to remove a whale carcass rotting near Yallingup, warning a surfing event next month risks the same fate as the Margaret River Pro, which was cancelled because of sharks.
With the World Surf League to stage a major surf contest at Smiths Beach in October, there are growing concerns about a dead whale that has washed up at Canal Rocks.
The whale carcass washed up on the rocks mid-last month, but the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has been unable to remove it because of the inaccessible terrain.
City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley confirmed the council had asked the department to see what was being done.
Mr Henley said the carcass’ location meant removal efforts were difficult and the City was advised to wait for natural processes to break it down.
However, he said that if this failed to happen within a month, the City would push for intervention so beachgoers were not exposed to increased risks.
Vasse MLA Libby Mettam called on the department to get rid of the carcass as a matter of urgency. Ms Mettam said the department should contract the services of a commercial fisherman if it was unwilling or unable to extract the carcass, arguing it should not be left to act as a “honey pot” for sharks in the area.