Whale towed off Bantry Bay

2016-02-16 06:00

The National Sea Rescue Institute was called in to help in removing the carcass of a beached Southern Right whale in Bantry Bay this weekend.

The crew was activated on Sunday following a request by the City of Cape Town’s Department of Environmental Affairs for help in removing the whale, which was found washed up at Saunders Rocks.

The carcass belongs to a juvenile male, measuring about 8.5m in length and weighing between eight and nine tons.

The crew attached a towline to the whale carcass at low tide and then, during the high tide swell, towed the carcass off the rocks to Granger Bay’s Oceana Power Boat Club.

The City’s cleansing department winched the whale carcass onto a flatbed trailer and will transport it to a disposal site.

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