• The whale carcass removed from North Narrabeen Beach on Thursday.

  • The whale carcass removed from North Narrabeen Beach on Thursday.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

In the interest of public safety, beaches from Fisherman’s Beach to North Narrabeen are closed for at least the next 48 hours.

This follows the removal of a deceased juvenile humpback whale at North Narrabeen Beach on Thursday morning.

The resulting oils and blood left in the ocean from the whale carcass could potentially attract shark activity over the coming days.

Council urges swimmers and surfers between Collaroy and North Narrabeen to be shark smart and stay out of the water.

The whale carcass washed up onto North Narrabeen Beach overnight after tides moved it off the Long Reef aquatic reserve where it was situated on Wednesday.

Council staff, trained in whale recovery and disposal, managed the operation. The whale carcass has now been safely transported to a licenced toxic waste facility in Lucas Heights.

Council has been liaising with Department of Primary Industries, Surf Lifesaving NSW and other authorities to track the movement of the deceased whale since Friday when it was initially spotted off shore at Avalon.

Warning signage along the Collaroy Basin has been installed reminding residents and visitors to be cautious.

People are encouraged to report shark sightings to Beach Services on 0408 469 269.

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