Various systems like this are employed locally and are only as good as the data fed to them. Better than nothing, though.
There was a dead whale floating around on the weekend that the ended up on Fairhaven beach. it was suggetsed there would be a few sharks following the smell.I heard there was a big shark sighting off the Lorne pier the other day?
Can't find an article but if so there might be a few PBs when the pier to pub gets going again!
There were heaps of sharks in the immediate vicinity of the whale. Two almost beached themselves trying to get to the whale, it was pretty full on.There was a dead whale floating around on the weekend that the ended up on Fairhaven beach. it was suggetsed there would be a few sharks following the smell.
There was a dead whale floating around on the weekend that the ended up on Fairhaven beach. it was suggetsed there would be a few sharks following the smell.
the fear is the whale might float back to shore. that option has been done before, or at least considered. so has burying them on the beach- i think one was buried then dug up after complaints.I'm no shark expert but wouldn't logic say that if sharks have been attracted to the area by the carcass, the best action would be to tow it out to sea so the same sharks follow it back out there? I'd imagine there will be a hint of whale in the area for a while yet.
The key questions for me would be how long does a shark remain in the area in this sort of scenario? And can a shark track scents etc on land, or at least from the beach? @josey's account would suggest they at least have some interest if there is something on the sand.
would it be wrong to hope Dangerfield missed the signs and goes for a surf this week??
The whale carcass was spotted floating a few hundred metres offshore late yesterday and washed up on the beach overnight.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning incident controller Barry James said the size of the animal created some difficulties as crews worked out how to deal with the carcass.
"It's a male sperm whale, it's about 18 metre in length, so quite a large animal and that in itself has presented some challenges for us from an operational perspective," he said.
"We've got an excavator down on the beach that'll be dismembering the animal … and we'll be transporting the animal to the Anglesea refuse facility, the Anglesea tip."
For now, the beach has been closed between Fairhaven and Moggs Creek.
The beach was closed amid fears of increased shark activity in the area.(ABC News: Steven Schubert)
A small crowd gathered to look at the whale, with some driving about an hour from Geelong.
Jessie Ward said she was "obsessed" with whales and had travelled to Warrnambool four times this year to watch them in the wild.
"It was just interesting to see [it] up close," she said.
"Even though it's unfortunate that it's gone, we wanted to see the size in person because obviously when you're watching them they look quite small.
"It's quite sad that something like this has happened, but it's also very interesting and intriguing as to what has happened."
The VicEmergency website is warning people not to swim at the closed beach, after a reported shark sighting early this morning.
"Due to a large whale carcass there has been an increase in shark activity reported at Fairhaven today," the warning says.
"A whale carcass can attract sharks to the area and mean they are closer to the shore than normal.
"While it is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Victorian coast, you should exercise additional caution in the area.
"Stay informed and do not enter the water at closed beaches."
A smoking ceremony was conducted at the site where an 18-metre sperm whale carcass washed up. (ABC News: Steven Schubert)
Mr James said a significant part of the operation was conducting an Indigenous ceremony at the site.
"It's very important that we acknowledge the cultural heritage significance that these animals have with the traditional owner groups," Mr James said.
In 2018, another whale carcass washed up at Ocean Grove in an "advanced state of decomposition".
At the time DELWP decided to bury the humpback whale carcass two metres deep in the sand.
But it was later dug up and trucked more than 4 kilometres down the beach and taken to landfill, after locals raised fears that the oil and smell would leach into the water and attract sharks.