Humpback whale carcass found near Cape Town

2016-12-20 08:31
Australian scientists are using military technology for locating submarines to track rare blue whales. (Australian Antarctic Division, AFP)

Australian scientists are using military technology for locating submarines to track rare blue whales. (Australian Antarctic Division, AFP)

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Cape Town – A six-meter long humpback whale carcass was found floating 1.6km from Llandudno Beach on Monday, the City of Cape Town said.

City of Cape Town spokesperson Gregg Oelofse said the city had implemented its Stranded Whale Protocol after the carcass was discovered.

The city was alerted to the carcass by the Western Cape Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) on Monday morning.

Together, the city and the DEADP decided to remove the carcass to avoid it washing ashore in areas where it will be difficult to be removed, especially during the holiday period. The carcass was towed into Hout Bay harbour. 

Oelofse said that the city was planning to take the carcass to the Visserhok landfill site.

“The 15 ton carcass has been loaded onto a flatbed truck and will be transported from Hout Bay Harbour via Constantia Nek to the City’s specialised landfill site in Vissershok,” Oelofse said.

“The City apologises in advance for any inconvenience that motorists may experience.”

The whale’s cause of death is unknown. Oelofse said that the whale most likely died from a ship strike. 

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