Whale car­cass a ‘honey pot’ for sharks

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.