Whale Carcass Washes Up On The Mornington Peninsula

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Whale Carcass Washes Up On The Mornington Peninsula

A dead whale has washed up near Sorrento Beach at Jubilee Point on the Mornington Peninsula.

DELWP and Parks Victoria are working together to remove the whale.

Diamond Bay beach and Point Jubilee walking track have been closed due to the carcass.

DELWP Released the following statement:

Mornington Peninsula’s Diamond Bay beach and Point Jubilee walking track have been closed due to a washed-up whale carcass.

The dead whale washed up at the base of the Jubilee Point Cliffs, Mornington Peninsula National Park yesterday afternoon.

Moving a whale of this size is a complex task and DELWP and Parks Victoria are weighing up all the available options.

An event like this does not happen every day and there has been a lot of interest in the whale with many people attempting to reach the edge of the Point Jubilee cliff to try and catch a glimpse. The whale is not actually visible from the cliff. The whale will remain at the base of the cliffs over the next 24 hours while we, with Parks Victoria, work to manage the situation.

We have also not yet identified the whale species and are working with Museum Victoria to establish this. We know it is not a Southern right or Humpback whale.

The whale is a male, sub-adult 14 metres in length and is on a section of coast that is not accessible to the public.

Earlier today Emergency Management Victoria put out a warning about sharks in the area. For up to date warnings check www.emv.vic.gov.au

Any sightings of entangled whales should be reported to the whale and dolphin emergency hotline on 1300 136 017.

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