Beaches closed after sharks attack whale

2012-10-07 21:52

Cape Town - A 30m southern right whale carcass has been spotted offshore near Capricorn beach in Cape Town, the city disaster risk management centre said on Sunday.

"The whale carcass is approximately three kilometres past Sunrise Circle after Capricorn beach and can been seen from Baden Powell Drive," said spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

"It has been established that the whale has been bitten several times by Great White sharks, and the bay is covered in a lot of blood and pieces of blubber are afloat at sea."

He said the city has ordered the shoreline between Muizenberg and Monwabisi beaches be closed to the general public as a precautionary measure.

"The shark spotters are constantly monitoring any sightings of sharks along the False Bay coastline. The City is appealing to all water users to be vigilant at this time, obey the shark siren, and to take note of the shark spotters' flags and signage for regular updates on shark sightings."

He said the rapid response teams would attempt to recover the carcass at first daylight on Monday. "Beach users are advised that the general caution will remain in place until further notice," he said.

  • bothabibi - 2012-10-07 22:08

    That entire shoreline should be closed permanently!

      morne.hennings.5 - 2012-10-08 07:22

      Huh? What gives Einstein?

      Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-10-08 08:06

      Guy don't be nuts. Yes the False Bay coast is prone to sharks but it's not an everyday thing. Lol *shakes head*

      tracy.theron.33 - 2012-10-08 08:11

      LOL - you have more chance of dying by being chowed by ants or struck by lightening that a shark attack. Close the entire shoreline?? Are you mad?

      Jane - 2012-10-08 09:00

      Dont be an idiot! Those of us who love the sea respect it and all its inhabitants, if you don't like sharks go swim in a pool!

      jess.wags.5 - 2012-10-08 09:01

      This comment just done for attention purposes.

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-08 09:29

      Yo dude, you still recovering from a hectic week end? Share what youre on!

      louis.kriel - 2012-10-08 10:00

      Why Bibi?

      merven.halo - 2012-10-08 11:26

      'Why Bibi?' Because then the WP dudes can practise their rugby instead of sitting on the beach, preventing another humiliating defeat!

      rodney.currie.79 - 2012-10-08 11:36

      Using that logic lets close all S.A. roads too ?????

      bothabibi - 2012-10-08 13:10

      ALMAL WAT SO GROOTBEK IS !!!: Julle het nog nooit 'n geliefde op die manier verloor nie of self deur die nagmerrie gegaan nie en ek hoop nie julle hoef ooit nie. Net 1 haaiaanval in 'n 10000 jaar is klaar te veel en heeltemal onnodig!

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2012-10-08 13:15

      bothabibi - You a non-swimmer maybe ?

      1savagemiss69 - 2012-10-08 15:19

      You, Sir, just went full retard

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-10-08 21:17

      The shark has bitten more then he can chew

  • nun.chuck.7 - 2012-10-07 22:19

    Why retrieve the carcass if it's out at sea? Let nature take its course and open the beaches once the sharks are gone.

      richard.t.holman - 2012-10-08 00:06

      That would be the ideal i agree. but with the whether heating up and more people getting in the water it is probably quicker and more cost effective to remove the carcass now than risk loads of sharks being drawn to the area for a longer period of time.

      edward.d.beesley - 2012-10-08 08:16

      Agreed, nun.chuck - let the sharks eat the carcass, or tow it very, very far away so that the sharks follow it. Taking it out the water will just mean a lot of sharks in interrupted feeding frenzy swimming around in False Bay.

      dante.schoeman - 2012-10-08 15:59

      It is not out at sea... A big piece of the whale are on the coastline. The rest is at sea. They need to recover the half of it on the beach before it rots.

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-10-08 06:40

    This reminds me of a scene in a TV programme(National Geographic),in which a pride of lions attack a bull elephant,eventually and unbelievably killing it.How mother nature farcinates.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-08 13:17

      Farcinates? A fascinating fart?

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      desertratbkf - 2012-10-08 15:56

      Now there's a meaningful comment!

  • stephanie.klarmann - 2012-10-08 07:15

    So the sharks DIDNT attack the whale, they are just feeding off of it. Again poor journalism inciting fear over sharks with ridiculous wording. Dear journalist, its perfectly natural for sharks to feed from a carcass without 'attacking' it.

      waseemimamsaheb - 2012-10-08 08:09

      I agree most the articles on here share the same problem... This just paints the shark as the villain when its just doing as nature intended... Why must humans continually interfere ? Just let them be

      delish7564 - 2012-10-08 10:35

      Perhaps I'm not reading this properly but it doesn't seem to state clearly whether the sharks attacked it, killing it, or took bites out of it after it was dead. Makes a HUGE difference to the full meaning of the story but the media don't seem to care these days!!!!

  • bambi23kp - 2012-10-08 08:20

    Well its a good thing the beach is closed at muizenberg because today is the worst day ever with the messy waves, brown water and windy conditions... You would not beable to spot a shark in this water..

  • ryan.biljon - 2012-10-08 09:35

    thought i saw a whale on the beach yesterday while kiteboarding yesterday !

  • clivegoss - 2012-10-08 11:10

    Please leave the whale carcass alone. Nature (the sharks) will clean up after themselves. Please stop sensational reporting on what is a normal food cycle event, that happens year round all along the South African coastline

  • jt.thom.3 - 2012-10-08 11:16

    Now they close the beaches, but chumming waters for cage diving 100m from swimming beaches is okay?

      afrioceanswarriors - 2012-10-08 12:12

      No one is chumming 100m from swimming beaches. Seal Island is 3km from swimming beaches and the amount of chum used is minimal compared to a normal Kalk Bay or Millers Point fishing boat cleaning their fish.

  • bothabibi - 2012-10-08 13:16

    ALMAL WAT SO GROOTBEK IS !!!: Julle het nog nooit 'n geliefde op die manier verloor nie of self deur die nagmerrie gegaan nie en ek hoop nie julle hoef ooit nie. Net 1 haaiaanval in 'n 10000 jaar is klaar te veel en heeltemal onnodig!

      cranky.cherry - 2012-10-08 14:32

      @bothabibi, what are you on about? The article has nothing to do with someone being bitten by a darned shark. FYI It’s about a beach being closed because the sharks are feeding off a whale. Stick to the topic. And btw if you want to swim in the ocean you should know who’s territory it is. Don’t like a shark get the hell out of its home.

      1savagemiss69 - 2012-10-08 15:26

      What about the 100 million sharks killed per annum by humans?

  • mike.lindsay.7927 - 2012-10-08 13:21

    Why not leave the beaches open ? What a wonderful opportunity to educate children beginning with the ex-leaders of the ANC Youth League.

      cranky.cherry - 2012-10-08 14:33

      lol Swimming lessons anyone?

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-08 14:50

    Bibi go swim bru....!

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-08 15:20

    News24, the sharks did not "attack" the whale. The whale is dead. They are feeding from it. Silly that you sensationalize. Reduces your integrity.

  • 1savagemiss69 - 2012-10-08 15:30

    Way to go, News24, scaring the general population into believing that sharks are horrible killing machines.

  • lauren.haupt.5 - 2012-10-08 19:07

    They make it sound like the sharks killed the whale...seriously doubt it

  • fargen.palayiwancube - 2012-10-08 19:30

    why remove the carcass?leave it in sea, that is part of ecology / biodiversity.that's why the sharks attack us humans. on land carcasses are fed to lions , etc.

  • pierre.joubert.338 - 2012-10-08 20:09

    Time again to export shark meat to China!?

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-08 21:25

    Pity they never attacked Sexwale.

  • dana.manley1 - 2012-10-08 22:29

    Just join them and bite off a piece of succulent blubber! mmmmm! They won't bother you! There's plenty for all!

  • johanewe.jacobsz - 2012-10-09 00:34

    Yes its strange the first time ive heard of Sharks attacking such big Whale i cant think that they wouldfeast on the blubber.Sou its not only the Japanese goverment that are a threat to these Majestic Animals but sharks as well.Now what would the authoreties do with the carcas

  • hennie.gerber.3 - 2012-10-09 10:15

    Only Stupid people would swim in the Sea when Sharks are nearby. !!!

  • kelly.dini - 2012-10-09 12:06

    Did the sharks really attack the whale, or did it die of natural causes and then got eaten by sharks?

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