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This post was originally published on this siteLarge shark stalks dead sperm whale off Australian shore

  • 17 November 2015
  • From the section Australia

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Mike Irvine


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Parks worker Mike Irvine described the scene as “pretty spectacular”

Swimmers have been warned to stay out of the water off far east Gippsland in Victoria, Australia, after a large shark was spotted stalking a whale carcass that washed up on the shore.

The state parks authority tweeted images of what appears to be a 4m (13ft) white pointer at Salmon Rocks.

Parks Victoria worker Mike Irvine said he was surprised to spot the shark heading towards the beached whale.

Authorities said the whale probably died of natural causes.

They said they were monitoring it but hoped the carcass would wash out to sea with the tide.

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The 11-metre sperm whale washed up on the beach over the weekend

“It was in knee-deep, waist-deep water, a decent-sized shark thrashing around every time it got in the shallows and got back out to deeper water and cruised back and forward then had another go,” Mr Irvine told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Mike Irvine said there were likely more sharks lurking nearby because a lot of blood was spilling out of the carcass

“It’s a natural thing for whales to die and sharks to come in and clean up the mess.”

“I grabbed my daughter’s hand pretty tightly a couple of times and said ‘don’t go in the water’.”

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Authorities say they hope the whale washes out to sea

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