Dead Humpback Whale Swept into Newport pool
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".