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Wollongong City Council

Dead whale removed from Waniora Point

Friday 11 September 2020

Wollongong City Council is working with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Police to remove and dispose of a whale that washed up against the rock platform at Waniora Point overnight on, Friday 11 September 2020.

The whale, believed to be a Humpback, was caught against a section of the rocks on the north eastern side of the rock platform. As it’s in a sensitive marine environment, we worked with NSW Police to carefully remove the whale from this location.

The whale will be towed to a location where it can be taken out of the water, and moved to the Wollongong Waste and Resource Recovery Park (Whyte’s Gully) where it will be disposed of. This is inline with Department of Planning, Industry and Environment protocol.

As the 20/21 swim season is yet to start, none of the beaches in the area have designated swimming areas flagged by lifeguards or lifesavers.

Council has placed temporary “shark danger” warning signage in the area and people should stay out of the water between Sandon Point and Bellambi Point for at least the next few days as there are a significant number of sharks who have been attracted to the area due to the carcass.