One Mile and Samurai Beach re-open following removal of whale carcass

The popular One Mile Beach and Samurai Beach at Port Stephens re-open today, following the removal of a large sperm whale carcass which washed-up on One Mile Beach earlier this week.

Rocks of Fort Tomaree, coastline, Tomaree National Park

NPWS Hunter Coast Area Manager Andrew Bond said due to its advanced stage of decomposition, it was evident that the adult whale had been deceased for several weeks.

"NPWS staff took advantage of yesterday's early morning low tide to carry out beach operations to successfully transport the whale carcass off the beach.

"A 20 tonne excavator and front end loader was used to remove the 10 tonne whale carcass to a local disposal site for burial, away from the beach," said Mr Bond.

Swimmers are reminded to only swim at patrolled beaches and follow advice from patrolling lifesavers.