Dead whale dragged 4km
AUTHORITIES are appealing for information following the gruesome discovery of a dead 4.5-metre humpback whale calf found on Station Creek Road after it had been dragged more than four kilometres from the Station Creek Beach early Sunday morning.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Clarence south area manager Andrew Lugg said the whale was discovered by NPWS staff where it had been left blocking the road, and after an attempt had been made to set it on fire with petrol.
“The incident follows reports of disturbances in Pebbly Beach and Station Creek camping areas where campers were harassed, property stolen and signs vandalised,” Mr Lugg said.
“Information on any of these incidents can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800333000,
Grafton police or the NPWS.
“NPWS staff removed the whale and buried it on Station Creek Beach.
“The whale is believed to have been the carcass reported floating at sea by the Volunteer Coast Guard on the weekend before washing ashore on Saturday evening.”
It is an offence to interfere with whales, and this includes dead animals.
Penalties include up to $11,000 and or two years in prison.
People are encouraged to record licence plate numbers and other details of troublemakers to assist authorities with their inquiries.