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Whale carcass washes up in Knysna

2012-04-12 15:41

Cape Town - The carcass of a 14-metre southern right whale has washed ashore in Knysna, where volunteers are trying to haul it from rocks and back out to sea.

A crew from the National Sea Rescue Institute initially though the whale was an overturned ship, spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

The whale washed up on rocks just off the coast on Wednesday afternoon, frustrating efforts to haul it back out to sea.

Volunteer crew returned to the scene early on Thursday "to investigate any possibility of removing the carcass on the seaward side and possibly towing it out to sea using sea rescue craft", Lambinon said.

But the crew decided the carcass would best be removed from land, leaving it rotting on the rocks for now.

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