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Dead Humpback Whale Swept into Newport pool

Updated on August 7, 2012
A view of the swiming pool taken from near the Newport surf clubhouse.
A view of the swiming pool taken from near the Newport surf clubhouse. | Source
An unfortunate end for a gentle giant
An unfortunate end for a gentle giant | Source
The seas were strong enough to wash the humpback into the pool
The seas were strong enough to wash the humpback into the pool | Source
Does the whale appear small? Remember it is in a 50 metre pool!
Does the whale appear small? Remember it is in a 50 metre pool! | Source
Notice the bent railings where the whale was washed in.
Notice the bent railings where the whale was washed in. | Source

Newport Beach whale beaching August 1st 2012

On the morning of August 1st 2012 this dead adult humpback whale was washed into the beach pool on the Southern end of Newport beach Sydney in heavy seas. It is the second whale to be washed up on Newport in two years as a the shark eaten remains of a humpback were found at the Northern end on April 28th 2011. Whilst this is a sad way to see one of gods most beautiful creatures it is also a unique opportunity to fully appreciate the size and bulk of these gentle giants of the sea. The two events at Newport are also acts of nature playing out and are far less distressing to me than whale deaths through hunting or mass live beaching. So what will happen to the massive carcass? The whale in 2011 had to be cut up with chainsaws and removed by truck. It appears that the same will happen with this whale. Authorities are hoping to get the 10m long whale out of the pool on high tide and then cut up the 20 tonne carcass on the beach. They are just too heavy to move in one piece and are a navigation hazard if towed out to sea.

Update 8th August 2012

The whale was washed out of the beach pool and moved north onto the beach . It was cut up and taken too a tip at Lucas Heights. Apparently tips closer to the northern beaches were unable to accept such a large mass for burial.

See live Humpbacks

Between the months of April and November humpback whales migrate from their antarctic feeding grounds to the warmer waters off Australia's east coast to breed. Many coastal towns from Eden in the South to Byron Bay in the North become tourist attractions for whale watchers in the winter months. There are many places in Sydney to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures if you have a patient disposition and a keen eye. I have seen whales from Collaroy beach and sitings are regularly recorded from beaches north of Newport one of which is named "Whale Beach".

Sydneys Northern Beaches

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      goosegreen 5 years ago

      Thank you Kashmir. I hadn't planned on writing a hub yesterday but it's not every day that you get to witness a beached whale. Fortunately.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      It is so sad when they beach themselves and die like this. Enjoy reading your interesting and well written hub .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      goosegreen 5 years ago

      And thank you for commenting. The good news is that the humpback whale population is said to be growing at 8-10% per year. I hope the scientists are correct.

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      Lucy Jones 5 years ago from Scandinavia

      I always feel so sad when I see one of these gentle giants leave our planet, although it's true - it's less distressing than seeing them being slaughtered. Still it's sad. Thanks for sharing.

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