A waste oddity

A waste oddity
28/05/2014
On Monday, a 3 metre head of a sperm whale washed ashore at Sorrento Beach attracting many curious onlookers.  Although dead whales regularly wash up on our beaches, sperm whales are not so common and as a result, it created a fair bit of interest with its large teeth and jaws clearly visible.

Sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whales and have been immortalised in literature and on the screen, as Moby Dick and the whale in Disney's Pinocchio.  The head usually represents about a third of the whale, making this whale a 9 metre specimen before its death.

With the head weighing over 3 tonnes and in a difficult location, it took until the following day to be removed from the beach and, as it was reported in some media, delivered to a 'Park near Mindarie'.  Representatives from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) took teeth and tissue samples from the whale before the landfill guys did their job and buried it.
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