By Charlotte Regen
This shocking footage shows the moment a twenty-tonne whale is piled unceremoniously into its final resting place in Wurtulla Beach, Queensland.
A digger is used to push the decomposing humpback’s remains into a massive trench on the shoreline.
While it’s a sad sight to see such a magnificent creature in, there are also safety concerns from the local community.
Local kite surfer, Glen Bowden, took this video last October and he said: “I was saddened to see the whale dead on the beach but very concerned about the shallow grave the local council dug to bury the whale.
“I was deeply concerned that the decomposing whale carcass would attract sharks to the area for months to come.
“I asked the council if this was a long-term solution and if they were concerned it would attract sharks. They responded saying it was policy to bury the whale as soon as possible as it represented a public health risk.
“The council initially refused to move the whale but eventually succumbed to the pressure and exhumed the whale 9 days later and disposed of it in landfill.”