News

VIDEO: Sharks feeding on a sperm whale carcass

A grey white shark feeding on a sperm whale before it washed up on a Coffs Coast beach.
A grey white shark feeding on a sperm whale before it washed up on a Coffs Coast beach. Brett Vercoe

LARGE sharks fed off a dead sperm whale carcass as it floated north of Coffs Harbour before being washed onto Sapphire Beach early this morning. 

Amazing footage shot by the Department of Primary Industries shows a four-metre great white shark and several tiger sharks gorging on the dead 10-metre whale, which washed up on Sapphire Beach this morning.

THURSDAY- 1PM:  A SPERM whale carcass that is floating precariously close to Coffs Coast beaches may pose a safety hazard with police spotting large sharks feeding on the dead mammal.

The whale was identified as a sperm whale estimated to be 8-metres long by Coffs Harbour Water Police this afternoon.

Rising almost two metres out of the water the whale carcass is currently about 800 metres east of Campbells Beach having floated in past Split Solitary Island this morning.

"There is an obvious danger as there are sharks underneath it, we saw four or five sharks feeding off it - two tiger sharks and a great white, varying in size from two metres to four metres in length," Water Police Sergeant Don Stewart said.

"It's a dead sperm whale that has floated in from only heavens knows where."

Water Police watch on as large sharks fed off a dead sperm whale floating off Campbell's Beach this morning.
Water Police watch on as large sharks fed off a dead sperm whale floating off Campbell's Beach this morning. Gemima Harvey

"We have warned all the appropriate authorities that there is the presence of sharks around the whale," Sgt Stewart said.

"Water Police and NSW Fisheries will monitor its movement and see if it washes ashore.

"We certainly advise people not to swim or surf anywhere near it if it does wash toward local beaches.

"It really depends on what this thing does, there are strong south westerlies expected to blow offshore this afternoon, they may carry it back out to sea. We'll just wait and see what happens overnight."

Topics:  campbells beach coffs harbour water police whales



Psychologist charged with assaulting young boy

A psychologist has been charged with four counts of indecent assault of a person under 16 years, according to NSW Police media.

A Coffs Harbour psychologist allegedly indecently assaulted patient

Family praised for its support after drowning

The Redden Family receives a Police Award for Community Service for assisting the family of missing swimmer Ali Mosawi. Pictured are Detective Sergeant Matt Zimmer, Kim, Rob & son Bray Redden and Chief Inspector Sharri Allison.

Family praised for supporting family of missing teenager

Local Partners

Cheaper building fees are here to stay

COFFS Harbour City councillors voted to waiver developer contributions and make building secondary dwellings cheaper.


What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Petula Clark delighted to sing live for Australian fans

STILL TOURING: English singer Petula Clark is coming to Queensland.

English star Petula Clark still puts on a great show, even at 84.

Do you really know your road rules?

Cars travel around the roundabout at Villiers and Fitzroy Street. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

List of the top 10 most misunderstood road rules in NSW.

Wonder Woman is a kick-arse superhero romp

WITH so much at stake, thank Zeus that Wonder Woman didn’t fall into the same trap as its DC Extended Universe predecessors.

Everything coming to Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video this June

Orange Is The New Black returns for another season.

Find out what's being added to our streaming services in June.

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

Apparently, the answer is no.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Jetty views don't come any better than this

Property Camperdown St

The Real Estate Property Guide is online now

Kids will love living in this new Coffs Harbour estate

FAMILY FRIENDLY: This children's playground is the latest family-friendly feature of the Elements@Coffs estate.

Local land estate unveils newest family friendly feature

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!