Beachgoers helped to carry this melon-headed whale across the rocks at Woolgoolga Beach yesterday after it was found dead.
Beachgoers helped to carry this melon-headed whale across the rocks at Woolgoolga Beach yesterday after it was found dead.

Melon-headed whale washes up

A MELON-headed whale washed up dead on Wednesday night on rocks at Woolgoolga Beach.

National Parks and Wildlife Service’s (NPWS) Coffs Harbour area manager Glenn Storrie said melon-headed whales are creatures of the deep and most of what is known about them has come from the study of washed-up specimens.

“The melon-headed whale lives well offshore in all the world’s tropical and sub-tropical oceans hunting primarily squid in very deep water,” Mr Storrie said.

“We are currently transporting the animal to a facility where a necropsy will be conducted later today.

“Every little bit of scientific information we gather about these rarely seen animals is valuable to their long-term protection and conservation.”



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