A whale carcass that washed up on a popular beach south of Sydney – sparking a shark feeding frenzy – has been removed.
The male whale’s body, estimated to be 20 metres long, first became lodged on rocks near Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park 10 days ago. It then washed onto the sand on Monday.
The whale’s size and location initially made removing the carcass a challenge but a high tide on Wednesday morning meant the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service could tow it out to sea.
A tugboat pulled the dead whale, believed to weigh more than 40 tonnes, from the beach and let it go almost 40 kilometres offshore, a NPWS spokesman said in a statement to AAP.
With a number of sharks spotted feeding off the carcass, the beach remains closed for swimming.