A dead whale that washed into rocks at Bulli beach, north of Wollongong on the New South Wales South Coast, is attracting many onlookers and photographers, drawn to catch a glimpse of the sharks feeding on it.
- A medium-sized whale washed into Bulli Beach near Wollongong Thursday afternoon attracting hungry sharks
- Lifeguards issued a warning for swimmers and surfers not to enter the water at any nearby beaches
- It was not yet clear how to remove the carcass as it was wedged between rocks
The whale washed into rocks on Thursday afternoon, just north of Bulli Point.
The large mature sharks were already feeding off the carcass before it made its way to shore.
Anthony Turner from Surf Lifesaving Illawarra said although the beaches are technically closed, they have advised nearby surf clubs not to allow people to train or go in the ocean.
“We have contacted Thirroul, Sandon Point, Bulli and Woonona just to tell their members not to train or do any paddling or swimming over the next few days and don’t enter the water,” he said.
Not yet clear how whale will be removed
Wollongong’s Lord Mayor, Gordon Bradbery, said council lifeguards are also working with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to work out how best to remove the whale.
“As I understand it, the carcass is in a pretty putrefied state,” he said.
The last time a dead whale washed up in the Illawarra region was at Sandon Point, also near Bulli, 10 years ago, while a baby humpback was beached at North Wollongong in July 2018 but did not survive.
The large number of sharks has unnerved surfers coming just days after 46-year-old Nick Slater died while surfing at Greenmount on the Gold Coast, when a shark mauled his leg.
It was the first shark attack death on a Gold Coast beach since 1958.
Despite a number of well documented shark attacks in the Illawarra, there are no deaths involving swimmers, surfers or divers in recent memory.