Rangers face big mov­ing job

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RANGERS are pre­par­ing to move the car­casses of two hump­back whales that died af­ter be­com­ing beached near Fraser Is­land.

The 10 and 12 me­tre- long hump­backs were found on Sheri­dan Flats, in the Great Sandy Strait, on Mon­day morn­ing.

Rangers kept the whales wet and shaded in the hope they could be re­floated on the high tide, but they died overnight. The car­casses will now be moved away from the nav­i­ga­tional chan­nel where they can de­com­pose nat­u­rally.

A spokesper­son from the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage Pro­tec­tion says it is not known what caused the strand­ing or how long the pair had been beached, but that it was pos­si­ble the whales were fa­tigued or un­well.

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