Whale dies tangled in shark nets at Blythedale Beach, is buried in mangrove reserve

2013-09-17 00:00

A WHALE caught in the shark nets at Blythedale Beach in Stanger yesterday, did not survive the ordeal.

Musa Mntambo, spokesperson for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, confirmed yesterday that they had to act quickly and bury the carcass at the Umhlanga Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve after the animal was disentangled and found to be dead.

Mntambo could not provide more details, but said they had received a call on Sunday morning about the mammal trapped in the shark net.

“We found the whale on Sunday on the beach, but unfortunately by the time we arrived at the scene it was already dead. The Ezemvelo team had to bury the whale.

“Many such incidents in the past have made it easier for us to bury these large animals, as we are now used to the process,” he said about the scale of the operation of burying such a large animal.

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