Rottnest Island beaches reopen after whale carcass attracts dozens of sharks

The whale carcass. PIC: 7NEWS

Rottnest Island beaches have reopened after a whale carcass attracted dozens of sharks close to shore.

The rotting whale drifted just 100m off the Thomson Bay ferry jetty on Tuesday morning.

Several sharks were seen feeding on the carcass which was towed about 10km west of the island.

Thomson Bay, Pinky Beach, The Basin and Longreach Bay have since reopened however swimmers are being urged to take extra caution as any residue from the whale carcass may still attract sharks.

Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are continuing to monitor the movement and drift direction of the carcass using an attached tracking device. 

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