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Injured whale euthanased

2012-05-19 13:47

Cape Town - The injured pygmy sperm whale which beached at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg was euthanased on Saturday, the Cape Town disaster risk management centre said.

"The marine mammal has been euthanased by the department of environmental affairs and the SPCA by using a captive bolt pistol," spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said.

"The carcass was removed to the facility of the department of environmental affairs in Paarden Eiland."

A necropsy would be done on the whale by department of environmental affairs scientists, said Solomons-Johannes.

The 2.5m whale had been washed against the rocks and then landed on the beach on Saturday morning. It had severe lacerations on its body caused by the rocks.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-05-19 13:50

    So sad :(

      Janice - 2012-05-19 15:31

      Shame man, we were all hoping for a better outcome, really sad.

      Faizie - 2012-05-19 20:40

      Never mind lamb chops for lunch on sunday. Whale is so Eskimo

  • lydonmcg - 2012-05-19 13:54

    RIP buddy.

      Janice - 2012-05-19 15:31

      What an a**hole you are!!!Puma

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-19 15:54

      I must be warped, I saw the humour in PumaFred's comment? (Ja, I gave the thumbs up)

  • craig.a.salter - 2012-05-19 14:16

    :( Was just a baby. cheers little guy

  • Shirley - 2012-05-19 14:19

    So sad! Was hoping he could be moved to an aquarium and given medical attention.

  • Phae - 2012-05-19 15:24

    Sorry we couldn't save you, each one of you is precious beyond imagination.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-19 16:40

    We tried Yo help him the first time... Me and my bro\r\n\r\nHere is a link of the first push which was successful \r\n\r\nUnfortunatly he got washed back up again\r\n\r\nClip is probably not suited to those with weak stomaches or children \r\n\r\nhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpLmNp1sUmI

  • mothapa1 - 2012-05-19 18:11

    where are pictures?

      Bruce - 2012-05-19 19:00

      Why do you want to see pictures of a dead whale? Surely not enjoyable?

  • John - 2012-05-20 10:42

    Such a pity as they are so rarely seen in our waters.

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