A huge dead whale rotting away on an island Down Under is attracting locals and even thieves, but the rancid smell of its decomposing corpse is keeping many of them at bay. One man who went to see the whale said its decaying blubber ruined his sneakers, and others have noted that they could smell the fetid stench even at a distance of 3 miles (5 kilometers), according to news sources.

Pathogens on the whale’s mouldering body are another reason to steer clear of the area, said the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in Gippsland in Australia. In short, people should stay away from the beach, especially because hungry sharks could be swimming nearby, hoping to take a bite of the 52-foot-long (16 meters) sperm whale, the department said.