Inskip whale stranding
Issued: 21 Jun 2023
The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is assessing disposal options after a deceased humpback whale stranded at Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach.
The mature animal was discovered by members of the public on 20 June 2023 and reported to DES.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers have conducted a site inspection, and the animal is located on a beach where traffic is prohibited and there are no homes nearby.
Rangers are considering a preferred option of transporting the whale for burial and land disposal, however due to the steep dunes and the whale’s size and location, this may be problematic.
An alternative option would be to tow the animal back out to sea by vessel and securing it in mangroves in the Sandy Strait.
People are advised to stay away from the area, and not to get close or touch the whale as they can carry diseases.
Strandings can happen for many different reasons, including natural mortality, and can occur anywhere along the Queensland coast. Whales can also die at sea and remain unseen by the public.
We can expect to see a small number of whale deaths and strandings each year during the annual migration. This includes whales suffering from natural disease issues and juveniles being attacked by predators.
If a whale is stranded in shallow water, be wary of entering the water, as sharks may be around or the whale could move and injure you. Look after your own safety first.
All reported sightings of stranded marine life, including whales, should be reported immediately to DES on 1300 130 372 or to the relevant council.