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Juvenile humpback whale washes up at Cosy Corner, Byron

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A juvenile humpback whale carcass was reported washing ashore at Tallow Beach in Byron Bay around 7am on Wednesday morning. Photo N Graham

While some people have speculated they believed the whale had died of injuries to the face from a ships propeller a spokesperson for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) told The Echo that ‘the cause of death is unknown’.

‘A juvenile humpback whale carcass was reported washing ashore at Tallow Beach in Byron Bay around 7am on Wednesday morning, pushed by strong winds.

‘The NSW NPWS closed the beach, nearby carpark and Tallow Beach Road to ensure public safety while the carcass was removed for burial.

Preparing to bury the juvenile humpback whale according to the direction of the Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal Native Title Holder. Photo N Graham

‘The carcass was buried away from the beach on Arakwal Country, respecting the direction of Bundjalung of Byron Bay Arakwal Native Title Holders.’

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National Parks and Wildlife Servicehave reopened Tallow Beach Road and the nearby carpark.


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5 COMMENTS

  1. Deaths and accidents with whales can only increase as their numbers proliferate.
    They have few natural predators now, except disease and food constraints.

  2. Human beings are the predators of the seas. Whales are totally dependent on sonic communication especially juvenile Whales. Vale dear Whale

    • Or it wasn’t quite right to begin with. Not every creature born is functional enough to survive on its own as an adult.

  3. Probably the poor juvenile that was tangled in those archaeic shark nets on the Sunshine Coast some days earlier😢 Poor thing was never going to survive!!

    • Maybe it heard the West Pacific Bio-twang. If I was a whale, I’d try to jump on top of Ayres Rock to get away from….whatever it is that is making that sound down there.

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