Residents Advised to Stay Away from Agat Beachside for Possible Shark presence

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Bodily fluids and blood from the beached whale carcass could lure more sharks into the area, the Guam Homeland Security says.

Guam – Residents are being advised to avoid the beach area near the Agat Spanish bridge because of a higher presence of sharks that may result from the stranded whale that washed ashore over the weekend.

 

Department of Homeland Security is advising residents that blood and bodily fluids from the carcass may lure more sharks into the area. The whale carcass was removed the Agat beach this morning and transported to the Layon landfill. Department of Agriculture Fisheries Biologist Brent Tibbatts will be conducting a necropsy tomorrow morning on the 16-foot beaked whale at the Layon landfill.

Officials from Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works, the Agat and Santa Rita Mayor’s Offices participated in the removal and transportation of the carcass to the Layon Landfill for tomorrow’s necropsy.

Tibbatts says Guam Fire, Guam Police and the US Coast Guard were also on standby for the removal.

Tibbats says a marine mammal stranding coordinator from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be flying in to also assist with the necropsy.