Dead pygmy sperm whale to remain at Southgate Dunes Beach

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UPDATE 2.12PM:

A pygmy sperm whale carcass that washed up at Southgate Dunes Beach yesterday will not be removed today, according to the City of Greater Geraldton.

The city had intended to remove the 2-3 metre animal this morning.

This afternoon, chief executive Ross McKim said access to the site had proved challenging.

“The small whale carcass is located in an area with limited access and will not be able to be removed today,” Mr McKim said.

“Given the isolated location there is no associated concern with leaving it there. The location will be monitored.”

9.27AM:

Beach goers are being advised to avoid Southgate Dunes Beach, amid fears a washed up pygmy sperm whale carcass could attract sharks.

The 2-3m carcass was reported just before 5.30pm yesterday, prompting the Parks and Wildlife Service to issue a Shark Advice.

City of Greater Geraldton rangers moved the carcass above the high water mark last night and are expected to remove it sometime this morning.

Any shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Southgates Dunes Beach is about 6km north of the Greenough River Mouth.

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