Whale carcass keeps Wedge Island beach closed

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A rotting whale carcass, which could attract sharks, will keep the ocean around Wedge Island closed to water users for another month. Picture: CSIRO

THE ocean around Wedge Island will remain closed until October 4 due to a decomposing whale carcass, which could attract sharks to come close to shore.

On Thursday, September 5 Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions officers assessed the remains of the whale carcass, which had been at Wedge Island since July and extended the Regulation 44 closure notice.  

The closure is for the waters surrounding Wedge Island up to 1km out to sea – the closure does not apply to vessels.

The 3m humpback calf whale carcass was reported by Water Police at 12.09pm on Wednesday, July 3.  

A Sharksmart advice said beach access was permitted within the closure area but swimming or entering the water was prohibited.

 An alert issued on August 7 said a shark advice had been issued due to a whale carcass that remained on the north-east corner of Wedge Island.

The alert said another carcass that had come ashore 100m north of the main access to the beach, on August 5, had been removed.

Parks and Wildlife Service officers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to the relevant authorities.

The advice said DBCA had closed the beach for the safety of water users.