Crowds gather to witness humpback whale carcass at BP Beach

Crowds gathered on Sunday, September 9 and Monday, September 10 to catch a glimpse of a humpback whale carcass along Bunbury’s coastline. 

The carcass – believed to be 12 metres long and 25 tonnes – washed up on Bunbury’s BP Beach on Sunday morning, featuring damage caused by shark bites. 

A witness first reported the carcass at 10.50am on Sunday. 

The carcass remained in the water before authorities shifted the carcass closer to the sand dunes. 

A shark warning was issued for the Outer Harbour, with authorities forced to close the beach on Sunday and Monday. 

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development asked for members of the public to adhere to the beach closures issued by the city and the City of Bunbury Surf Life-saving Club. 

Spectators spent Sunday taking photos and having a peek at the carcass, before the area was taped off. 

The City of Bunbury worked to clear the area on Monday. 

Axis Hire Bunbury provided an excavator, helping the city in moving the carcass off the beach. 

Picton Civil, B Versaci, and Cross Resource Management also lent a hand during the operation. 

After being removed from the beach, the carcass will be shifted to the Stanley Road Waste Management Facility. 

Parks and Wildlife officers – in accordance with Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions –are assisting with the carcass’s removal. 

Residents can keep track of the situation by visiting sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA at twitter.com/SLSWA.