THE body of a blue whale estimated to be about 20 metres long is wedged on rocks in a rugged spot between CapeBridgewater and the Blowholes, too dangerous a location for researchers to immediately discover why it died.
Lying belly up, the whale apparently washed ashore in the early morning hours of Monday, January 27. Rangers and officers from the Department of Environment and Primary Industry have visited near the site but said the swell is too great to get close to the carcass and cut tissue samples.
“The swell is rocking the whale on the rocks,” DEPI whale expert Mandy Watson said. “We want to get closer to it when we can, before it shifts off the rocks and back out to sea, where the sharks can get at it.”
She said blue whales generally swim much further out to sea and it is very rare for them to wash up on south-western beaches.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer, February 5, 2014.