Injured baby whale dies after lengthy monitoring

2010-10-13 00:00

THE baby humpbacked whale that was towed out to sea by a ski boat after being washed up on the rocks near Uvongo Beach on Monday has died.

At around 2 pm on Monday afternoon a local lifeguard alerted authorities about the severely injured whale that was stranded on the rocks.

In a matter of minutes a large crowd of local residents and holidaymakers had gathered around the struggling whale. A group of men attempted to drag the whale back into the ocean using a shade cloth, but this proved unsuccessful.

A team from local diving operating company C Freaks Pleasure Rides then proceeded to tow the whale out to sea using a ski boat.

“It is terrible news but unfortunately the baby whale died,” said Chris Louw, C Freaks member and one of the men involved in the attempted rescue.

“We monitored it for hours, but it appears that it just gave up the will to live.”

Louw added that the chances of the whale surviving were very slim due to the fact that it would have been stressed by the incident and being away from its mother.

Louw also expressed concern over the fact that, once again, members of the public were left to attempt the rescue.

“We have organisations who are supposed to take care of conservation.

“It would be nice for us to know why they don’t get involved so that we know what to do and expect,” he said.

The owner of C Freaks, Bart Koekemoer, said that he would like to thank the members of the public who did what they could and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for their assistance during Monday’s events.

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