Friday, 3 August 2012

Dead humpback whale found in Sydney swimming pool

Australian authorities find a dead 39 feet 30-tonne humpback whale washed up in a Sydney seaside swimming pool.

Beached whales are common in Australia, but authorities said rough seas and a high tide washed the whale over a chain safety fence and into a public salt water swimming pool area at Sydney's northern Newport beach.

Shona Lorigan of the Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) warned onlookers to stay away from the whale which appears to have died within the last 48 hours.

"It's very, very dangerous for everyone in the water... because we don't know how it's died, we don't know what kind of fluids, what kind of disease might be floating around with the animal," she said.

The beach, at Newport in the north of Sydney, is closed for fear that the carcass will attract sharks.

National Parks authorities said they hoped the whale carcass might float out of the pool area on the next high tide, or workers would have to use heavy equipment to remove the whale and carve it up.

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