Dwarf whale skeleton to go on display

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One of the pygmy sperm whales.
Camera IconOne of the pygmy sperm whales. Credit: City of Albany

The skeleton of a whale that washed up in the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve last week will be displayed in Albany.

The 2.4m female dwarf sperm whale carcass was buried last week at the Albany Historic Whaling Station, where it will remain for up to three years before having its skeleton displayed at the AHWS.

The whale was previously reported to be a pygmy sperm whale.

AHWS general manager Elice van Gorp said while whales had been buried on the site before, it was not a common procedure.

She said it would be the first dwarf sperm whale displayed at the museum.

The whale was one of two to wash up on June 26, causing a beach to be closed and a shark advice alert to be broadcast.

A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development spokesperson said the whale was euthanised by a Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff member.

The second whale’s cause of death was not confirmed.

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