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.”