Shark warning issued around beached humpback whale

File this one under “that just seems like common sense.” According to Australia’s ABC News, swimmers and surfers are being warned to keep a safe distance from a juvenile beached humpback whale that washed up at Sandon Point, New South Wales.

Wendy McFarlane of Organisation Cetacea (ORCA) said that it is likely that scavenging sharks (she mentions tiger sharks, in particular) will be attracted to the carcass and the general surrounding area. She warned swimmers and surfers to keep a safe distance after there were reports of surfers swimming “quite near” the whale carcass.

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