This is what they do in Australia when whales wash up on shore.


This is what they do in Australia when whales wash up on shore.



  1. i’d be worried too. that the sharks, motivated by the smell of the putrid meat, would grow legs, build shovels, and dig the stinking mofo up for a feed, instead of enjoying some fresh, lean surfer meat.

  2. “Whale Falls” are important to the Ocean’s ecosystem. They create a great source of food and shelter for many undersea organisms. In the California we either leave the carcass where it is and let nature take it’s course (depending on if there is a popular beach there or not) – or tow the whale carcass out to sea and sink it. That is the most beneficial. Burying it does nothing but create a mess later.

  3. Why would you put “the science” in quotes like that? Surely that’s not the only part that was quoted. It’s as though you are giving credence to the protest and doubt to scientific opinion.

  4. Why not simply hook a tow rope to the thing and drag it far out to see and sink it? It would surely be consumed providing valuable nutrients to the relatively nutrient-poor ocean depths and the carcass also serves as habitat for deep sea ocean dwellers. Seems a fair better option than having putrid gasses and blood volcanoes seeping out of your nice beach.

  5. Why not return it back to sea? Tow it miles out & it could feed lots of wildlife out there. I WOULDN’T want to go to the beach and sit on the beach not knowing that a few feet under me is a whale carcass !

  6. Not sure why they didn’t do the sensible thing and tow it off the beach back to sea to allow what would occur naturally. I can only imagine the number of species that would have benefited from the carcass.

  7. Why are they not boiling down the bones to make glue I’m sure there are still bits of the carcass that could still be useful. I’m sure they make perfume from the contents of Whales stomachs… Why just throw it away.?.

  8. Towing it out to sea seems to be a much better option all round. But that was hardly even a ‘shallow grave’, it was a trench with a handful of sand on top. With that much carcass still in the process of rotting it’s insane to think it a good solution! 🤢

  9. in the natural course of events, a dead whale would sink to the ocean’s bottom, and become a source of food for the bottom dwellers…, why is that not the solution to one that has washed ashore? tow it out to sea and let it sink! taking that thing to a landfill sounds a great deal more difficult….not to mention, wasteful….

  10. So… I have a little experience of this. Undoubtedly the best option is to put it back into the oceanic food chain. The practical problems are how to tow it, where to put it and for many whale species how to sink them plus where to sink them. Naturally the carcasses tend to float, particularly as when they decompose they produce gases (you could see the blood bubbling out of the buried one in the film). They float at sea until either enough flesh is eaten at the surface that they become negatively buoyant or they rot and fall to bits. This part of the process can take weeks or even months and the carcass is susceptible to ocean currents, winds etc and can end up on beaches or a danger to shipping. So if you want to sink them you need a harness (and to get it on safely) and weights to take it down. This opens a whole load of issues about adding man made structure to the ocean, further issues on creating obstructions on the sea bed and the general health and safety of dealing with decomposing massively heavy and unwieldy animals. We did this process two years ago in the uk and the logistics, licensing and health and safety took about three months… the solution though maybe to set up a specific whale graveyard where many of the hurdles can be dealt with in advance. The cost of taking a big whale to landfill is around £30k in the UK. So if the system was streamlined and thought about in advance, then the whale graveyard at sea idea might even be cheaper.

  11. They did this in West Palm Beach, FL, USA. A whale washed up, dead. They buried it. A few years later, after the body decayed, they dug it up to studied the bones. There is a jaw bone from that whale at the WPB museum explaining it.

  12. Simple economics. Dragging it down the beach and hiring a boat powerful enough to drag it far enough out to sea, blowing enough holes in it to sink it, is about 10x more expensive than using a 360° excavator.
    Even festering, rotten, whales float for months before they sink and have an unpleasant habit of coming back to haunt you if you don’t sink them.
    That’s the theory. In the UK we cut them up at night and transport the remains to a rendering plant to be destroyed. Last one on the south coast here took 20 Brit rubbish skips of meat bone and contaminated sand.

  13. I don’t know much about this stuff but wouldn’t it make more sense to tow the body back out to sea where it should be decomposing in the first place… I said I don’t know about this stuff but it seems like the most logical thing to do !!!!!

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