The West Australian

Whale of a feast for sharks

- Liam Croy

Cheynes beach, east of Albany, has reopened after a big fin whale which washed up in front of homes was removed.

Locals spotted the 23m whale on Thursday last week but authoritie­s were busy dealing with dozens of bushfires in the region.

An excavator hauled the carcass on to the sand on Monday so it could be cut into pieces small enough to fit into a truck.

Broome photograph­er Mat Beetson was visiting family and friends in the South West and took a detour to see the whale on Saturday.

“We were the only ones down there when we arrived,” he said.

“It was just surprising to see this big whale at a beautiful, pristine beach. This particular species is quite rare and it’s a sad thing to see but there is a bit of fascinatio­n about it.

“We saw some sharks thrashing about so I took the opportunit­y to get the drone up.”

The endangered fin whale can grow to 27m, making it the second-biggest mammal after the blue whale.

Two great white sharks were tagged and released near the beach last week.

 ?? Picture: Mat Beetson/www.viewmypixe­ls.com.au ?? A shark feeds on the whale.
Picture: Mat Beetson/www.viewmypixe­ls.com.au A shark feeds on the whale.

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