Humpback whales are migratory and are heading south to feeding grounds. Image NPWS
Bega Valley Shire Council says Tathra Beach and the wharf remain closed due to the sharks being attracted by the dead juvenile humpback washed up on the rocks between the wharf and the surf club. The following is a statement from Bega Valley Shire Council:
Residents and visitors are urged to take care around Tathra, where a deceased juvenile humpback whale has washed up on rocks.
Tathra Beach and Wharf have been closed while Council, the National Parks and Wildlife Service, DPI Fisheries and the Police determine the most efficient and practical way to dispose of the carcass.
Extraction is a challenging operation, made more difficult by sharks observed in the area and sightseers seeking to watch the incident. Residents and visitors are encouraged to stay away from the area and out of the water until the whale carcass has been removed and predators have dispersed.
Council will continue to provide regular updates on the situation and thorough inspections of the bay will be carried out prior to the beach and wharf being reopened to the public.
Around 35,000 humpback whales are expected to pass the Sapphire Coast this season. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that some young whales are unable to make the long journey to their Antarctic feeding grounds.