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Dead whale off Lone Pine

News release
14 October 2015

Eyre Peninsula water users are being warned to steer clear of a dead whale spotted in the shallows off the popular Lone Pine surf beach near Port Lincoln.

The carcass is about 5m long and has yet to be positively identified, but appears to be that of a small species of whale.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsular Senior Ranger Peter Wilkins recommended that people stay away from the whale.

“Large sharks, including great whites, may be attracted to a carcass of this size, so we recommend that swimmers and surfers keep out of the water,” he said.

“If it is washed back out to sea, it could also become a hazard to shipping.”

A minke whale beached itself in the area last month, but was rescued by locals and was last seen heading out to sea.

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Georgia Gowing - Senior Media Adviser

(08) 8463 7437