The whale carcass near Crescent Head hasn't been removed and has caused a feeding frenzy of sharks at the popular holiday destination.
The humpback whale washed up on a remote strip of Crown Land on Big Hill Headland next to Limbeburners Creek National Park last Tuesday October 22.
Crescent Head resident Dirk Morris is concerned by the length of time the whale carcass remains on the beach, as he claims sharks will continue to be attracted to the region by the remnants of the whale and increase the likelihood of a shark attack.
"There are heaps of sharks that have been attracted to the area because of the whale carcass," Mr Morris told the Argus.
"It's concerning because the sharks will begin to think this is an area where they can go for food. The flesh and oils will continue to attract the sharks after the whale is gone.
"Surfers know you don't surf at a beach where a whale has been beached for a long time, it's just not safe."
Mr Morris' fears led him to take action, as he tied a rope around the juvenile humpback whale's tail and successfully dragged the nine-metre long animal to the Big Hill boat ramp, where he believed Kempsey Shire Council would be able to complete a successful removal.
However, after contacting council, Mr Morris was informed they would not be involved in a removal of the whale carcass.
Two days have passed since Mr Morris moved the whale carcass to Big Hill.
A high tide has returned the carcass to the shallow waters and sharks remain in the proximity and continue to feast.
Mr Morris is worried it will lead to more sharks in the area over the upcoming summer period and is worried the worst case scenario could occur.
"Big Hill, Delicate Nobby and Point Plomer are popular tourist attractions where people come to enjoy the beach and swim. It's scary to think the whale carcass could still be luring sharks to the region as we approach summer," he said.
"Even without the sharks, you wouldn't be able to swim because the beach stinks."
Mr Morris claims the awful stench from the whale can be smelt all along the beach.
Kempsey Shire Council released a statement to the Argus.
"Managing the fire activity is a priority for National Parks staff at present and they will provide further updates to the community when possible," a Kempsey Shire Council spokesperson said.
"As a safety measure Council has been able to assist with signage to close the beach and will continue to monitor the whales location."
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment were contacted for comment.
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