A shark alert has been issued for a popular Victorian holiday town over the long weekend after a huge whale carcass washed up.
The 70m long sperm whale was spotted on Forrest Caves Beach in Phillip Island on Sunday.
There are fears the remains could attract sharks to the waters surrounding Phillip Island until it is removed.
Onlookers have been urged to stay at least 300m away from the carcass.
VicEmergency said an increase in shark activity may be likely in the area between and including Surf Beach and Woolamai Beach.
“You should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass has been removed,” it said in a statement.
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