A dead whale has washed up on Suffolk Park beach, just inside the Arakwal National Park.
An ABC reporter at the scene described the whale as 8.8 metres long and said the creature was ‘most likely a juvenile’ born last year.
Police and National Parks Rangers are at the scene trying to work out the best way to dispose of the whale without attracting sharks. It will most likely have to be trucked away from the beach.
The whale apparently has several puncture marks on its body, though this is not thought to be sufficient to be the cause of death.