If you thought over 100 frenzied sharks eating a dead whale was a tremendously unpleasant reason to go in the water, here's a swim hazard that's depressingly weirder. A 38-foot-long dead humpback — that Australian cetacean rescue experts speculate was hit by a ship while migrating — washed up in an ocean bath abutting Sydney's Newport Beach. The bath was closed to swimmers, on the off chance sharks breached the walls.

Although whale beachings are sad, surreal, and happen under even stranger circumstances, park official Chris Grudhoff noted a silver lining: "The upside of the fact that we are seeing more dead whales is that it indicates that we have a whole healthy population out there in the ocean."

[Via Arbroath]