Dead whale washes up further south
UPDATE 4.45pm: MEMBERS of the public have been asked to avoid an area of the Tweed Coast after a deceased whale washed up for a second time.
The whale washed up on Casuarina beach yesterday afternoon but earlier today, washed back out in the high tide.
A Tweed Shire Council spokesman said the carcass had returned to a beach further south.
He said staff were preparing to dispose of the remains.
"The whale carcass has washed back up, further down the coast, around 200 metres south of Pottsville Bridge," he said.
"Council plans to move the carcass up above the high water mark before removing it from the beach.
"The whale carcass will then be disposed of at the landfill at Stotts Creek.
"We kindly ask the public to stay away while the unpleasant task of removal takes place."
UPDATE 12.00pm: TWEED Shire Council is monitoring the situation after a whale carcass, which washed up south of Casuarina yesterday, floated back out to sea.
It is understood this occurred with the high tide.
The council is monitoring the situation and working alongside Surf Life Saving NSW.
The whale washed up yesterday afternoon and, before it washed back into the water, the council indicated their preference was to dispose of the carcass in landfill at the Stotts Creek tip.
UPDATE 10.00am: A WHALE carcass on the Tweed Coast has washed into the water with the high tide and some beaches have been closed.
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast duty officer Chris Samuels said a number of beaches along the Cabarita area had been closed due to increased fish and shark activity in the area.
"With the dead whale, there's a lot of sharks and fish feeding on that," Mr Samuels said.
"With the whale in the water, it's going to draw in all the sharks to feed on it."
Even when the whale was on the beach, its scent was a strong attraction for sharks.
Mr Samuels said with beautiful weather conditions and school holidays still under way, the beaches had been busy yesterday.
But he said most people were now respecting the closures.
"We're encouraging people to listen to lifesavers and lifeguards," he said.
Beaches currently closed include Casuarina/Salt, Pottsville, Cabarita Beach, Hastings Point and Pottsville.
For beach conditions, visit beachsafe.org.au or use the Beachsafe app. Original story: SURF Life Saving NSW have warned beachgoers there are sharks feeding on a whale carcass close to shore at south Casuarina Beach.
Residents are warned to be extra cautious when going to the beach in the Tweed particularly from Salt to Cabarita.
The large dead whale washed up yesterday afternoon and Tweed Shire Council has confirmed they are working with the Department of Primary Industry to remove the carcass.
The council say their preference is to dispose of it at the landfill at Stotts Creek.