News

Baby sperm whale exhumed from Casuarina beach

The baby sperm whale which stranded at Casuarina Beach on the Tweed Coast.
The baby sperm whale which stranded at Casuarina Beach on the Tweed Coast. NSW National Parks and Wildlife

THE carcass of a baby sperm whale buried in sand dunes at Casuarina on the Tweed Coast has been exhumed and taken to the tip following community concerns over health and safety.

Security guards were on hand this morning to monitor the operation at Casuarina beach, as council workers removed the rotting carcass from the dunes.

Sand surrounding the burial site was also removed from the dunes.


The exhumation followed a community outcry, with residents concerned oils leaching from the body through the sand might attract sharks to the area.

Tweed Shire Council coordinator of natural resources Jane Lofthouse said the whale's body was removed from the dunes in chunks and would be transported to Stotts Creek tip where it would be buried.

The operation was expected to cost ratepayers between $8000 and $10,000, Ms Lofthouse said.

The 3.38m juvenile sperm whale beached itself at the Tweed Coast beach on January 4.

A sperm whale which was stranded at Casuarina Beach later died. Photo: Lisa McMullen / ORRCA
A sperm whale which was stranded at Casuarina Beach later died. Photo: Lisa McMullen / ORRCA Lisa McMullen / ORRCA

It was later buried by council under the direction of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

It is only the third whale to have stranded on the Tweed Coast in the past 20 years.

 

Security was employed to monitor the area at Casuarina this morning while council workers exhumed the rotting whale carcass.
Security was employed to monitor the area at Casuarina this morning while council workers exhumed the rotting whale carcass. Alina Rylko

Topics:  tweed, whale



Call for more Tweed special ed places

SUPPORT: Jacob Lorenzo, 18, from Tweed Heads South struggled to find a special education position when he moved up to the Tweed.

More special ed places needed in Tweed.

Callea channels legend for Glitter

WHAM: Anthony Callea plays the Glitter Festival on October 8 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Anthony Callea brings the songs of a star to the glitter strip.

Council race is finally underway... again

Tweed Shire Council election candidates at the ballot draw.

THE TWEED Shire Council election is finally underway

Local Partners

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Callea channels legend for Glitter

WHAM: Anthony Callea plays the Glitter Festival on October 8 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Anthony Callea brings the songs of a star to the glitter strip.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

Penthouse in beach paradise

Take in the beach front views from the balcony of 701/ 4-10 Douglas Street, Kirra.

This beachfront penthouse is the perfect place to enjoy the views.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction