Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Dirty job: chainsaw teams chop up dead whale

The whale carcass on Newport Beach has now been sawn into sections, and some of the huge chunks of flesh and blubber have already been taken to a landfill rubbish tip at Lucas Heights.

Six two-person teams of chainsaw operators began the grisly job early this morning by decapitating the 30-tonne humpback, which had been dead for days when it washed ashore yesterday.

"That's what sharks do - they work on carcasses like this when they are at sea so there's no surprise that they may be offshore, but again there's no scientific evidence that sharks will hang around offshore because there's a whale well and truly up on the beach"
The head section will be buried overnight on a pit here on the beach,’’ said Geoff Ross, the co-ordinator of marine and fauna programs at the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The rest of the sawn-up carcass will be taken by trucks to the landfill site tomorrow."

Continued:  http://www.theage.com.au/environment/whale-watch/dirty-job-chainsaw-teams-chop-up-dead-whale-20120802-23geg.html

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