Beached whale found dead in Cape Town

2013-04-02 21:49
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Cape Town - A dead Arnoux's Beaked Whale, found beached at Bakoven in Cape Town, was removed for a necropsy on Tuesday morning, the City's Disaster Risk Management Centre said.

The 6.71m whale was discovered by members of the public on Monday, City spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said in a statement.

"Upon arrival of mammal scientists from the oceans and coasts branch of the department of environmental affairs it was established that... [the] whale washed ashore and was already dead."

On Tuesday the carcass was taken to the department's research centre for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. There were initial indications of an infection in certain parts of the whale's muscles.

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