LOCALS believe a young whale that might have been hit by a container ship or suffered some other mishap washed ashore at Kilcunda over the weekend.
The result though, is that authorities have warned surfers, fishermen and others not to enter the water there until the coast is clear.
Getting swept along in a westerly current last Sunday, it was seen in the vicinity of the cemetery carpark by Kilcunda resident Rod McIvor.
“We were just going for a walk up there when someone else told us there was a dead whale on the beach,” Mr McIvor told the Sentinel-Times on Sunday afternoon.
“It was high tide by the time we got there and the whale was getting swept along by the sea. The weather was pretty rough.
“I’d say it was about eight feet long. Not a big one but it was in fairly good condition. It didn’t appear to have been attacked by anything from what we could see.
“What species? I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you,” he said.
“The authorities had been told by someone else.”
This Advice message has been issued for Kilcunda by Vic Emergency.
• Due to whale carcass located off shore at Kilcundra there is an increased risk of sharks feeding near the beach.
• To reduce the threat to people, the beach at Kilcundra has been closed. Stay informed and do not enter the water at closed beaches.
General advice on what you should do:
• If you see the shark or any immediate danger, report the shark sighting by calling triple zero (000) or notify lifesavers immediately if you are at a patrolled beach.
• Don’t swim in places where human or animal waste enters the water. Don’t remain in the water with bleeding wounds.
• Keep away from large schools of fish, seals or other wildlife.
• Keep informed of the latest sighting information on the VicEmergency website and app.
This message was issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The next update is expected at 1.20pm today, Tuesday, September 26 or as the situation changes.