The dead whale carcass which was washed into Newport pool yeterday has now been moved by the tides further up the beach. Pic: John Grainger Picture: John Grainger Source: The Daily Telegraph
A DEAD whale is being cut up on a northern Sydney beach so it can be removed to a landfill site for burial.
The carcass of the 10m whale washed into an ocean pool at Newport Beach early yesterday before it was taken out by the high tide overnight and washed onto the adjacent beach.
Hundreds of spectators watched the gory carve-up of the whale from behind a cordoned-off area about 10m away.
National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) staff used chainsaws to section off parts of the animal before their removal and transfer to the landfill site where they’ll be buried.
Geoff Ross, from the NPWS, said the humpback was too big to be buried in one of the three whale cemeteries in NSW national parks.
NPWS acting regional manager Peter Hayes said its officers decided against towing the whale out to sea to avoid the putrid, decomposing carcass turning up on a Central Coast beach.
“We felt that with the sea running it could likely end up on the central coast or beyond in a more putrefied state,” he told the ABC.
Mr Hayes said it was the second whale to turn up in the area in 13 months.
Mr Ross said the blubber indicated the animal had been “nutritionally compromised” before its death.
The hundreds of spectators who turned up to the beach to watch the spectacle were treated to the appearance of a live whale out to sea.
“It was a long way out but it was putting on quite a show,” Collaroy resident Red Cliff Mr Cliff said.