Dead whale is buried in Bowen
A DEAD whale found washed up near the North Queensland Cruising Yacht Club at Bowen this week has been buried.
A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman said Whitsunday Regional Council coordinated the burial.
Under a Memorandum of Agreement with QPWS, council staff collected measurements, photos and a blubber sample aided by a local turtle volunteer.
The QPWS spokesman said judging by the pictures posted to Facebook, the whale was believed to be either a dwarf minke whale or an Antartic minke whale.
The whale was brought to the public’s attention on Monday morning when Ruby Hill posted a photo to a Bowen community Facebook page.
“This poor little whale didn’t make it, pictures taken in front of sail club,” Ms Hill said on her post.
In the pictures, the whale looked to have been attacked by another animal.
The QPWS spokesman said predation was commonly seen in stranded marine mammals that were already sick, injured or deceased.
Dwarf minkes travel through Bowen and the Whit- sundays on their annual migration to the northern Ribbon Reefs near Cooktown in June and July.
This hasn’t been the only whale sighting, with a few live whales also spotted in the Whitsundays last week.
OzSail employee Craig Falkenmire was on board Spank Me, working below the deck around the Whitsunday islands last Monday afternoon when he heard his friend on deck yell out “whale!”.
The pair were met with two humpback whales swimming alongside the boat.
“We thought they (the whales) were going to hit the anchor chain because they were so close,” Mr Falkenmire said.
To report an animal washed up on shore, contact 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
SAD END: The whale that washed up near the yacht club. Photo contributed.