Surfers and swimmers have been warned to avoid a South Bruny Island beach after a dead sperm whale washed ashore.
Marine Conservation Program employees have been aware of the whale carcass near Cloudy Bay, which measured at 18 metres long and weighed more than 40 tonnes.
However, due to the size and location, there was no feasible option for moving the carcass.
"The area is a known surfing spot and it is recommended that surfers and swimmers should avoid the immediate area as the carcass may attract sharks," the Marine Conservation Program stated in a Facebook post.
"Members of the public are reminded to keep their distance. It is an offence to interfere, take or be in possession of parts of a dead whale."
Sightings of free-swimming or stranded whales and dolphins in Tasmanian waters should be reported to 0427 WHALES.
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