Whale carcass removed from rocks on Waniora Point

THE carcass of a whale that washed up against the rock platform at Waniora Point overnight has been disposed of in Whyte’s Gully tip.

The whale, believed to be a Humpback, was caught against a section of the rocks on the north eastern side of the rock platform. As it was in a sensitive marine environment, Wollongong City Council worked with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Police to remove the carcass from the rocks.

The whale was towed to a location where it was taken from the water, and moved to the Wollongong Waste and Resource Recovery Park (Whyte’s Gully) for disposal.

A Council spokesperson said this is inline with Department of Planning, Industry and Environment protocol.

The whale carcass at Bulli, with sharks nearby. Video: Illawarra Surf Lifesaving / Rohnin Henry Micale

As the 20/21 swim season is yet to start, none of the beaches in the area have designated swimming areas flagged by lifeguards or lifesavers.

Council has placed temporary “shark danger” warning signage in the area and people should stay out of the water between Sandon Point and Bellambi Point for at least the next few days as there are a significant number of sharks who have been attracted to the area due to the carcass.

Illawarra Surf Life Saving is warning swimmers, surfers and divers not to enter the water at Bulli and Sandon Point beaches due to a significant number of large sharks in the area that were feeding on the carcass.


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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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