A shark alert has since been issued for Cheynes Beach as a result of the mass stranding.
According to Shark Smart, the deceased whales could potentially attract predators.
“It is possible dead and injured animals will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast,” they said.
“While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution.”
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