Attempts to recover whale carcass continue

2012-10-08 12:15

Johannesburg - Beaches remained closed along False Bay on Monday as disaster response teams attempted to recover the carcass of a whale, Cape Town's disaster risk management centre said.

"The crews are anticipating that by 14:00 [on Monday], when high-tide sets in along False Bay, it will assist in making the carcass buoyant," said spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

"At this stage it is low-tide and only covers a person's body at waist height."

The bay has since been declared clear of blood after the 30m southern right whale carcass, found near Capricorn beach on Sunday, had been bitten several times by great white sharks.

The Marine Unit of the Law Enforcement Services has been placed on standby to assist in hooking up the carcass in order to tow it to the shoreline.

The Solid Waste Management Department will then use specialised machinery to hoist the carcass and transport it onto a flatbed truck to the Vissershok Landfill Site for disposal.

The beaches remained closed between Muizenberg and Monwabisi until further notice.

  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-08 12:37

    what if we leave the carcass alone and not interfere with the way nature goes? noone dies from not going into sea water. let it take its natural course.

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-08 12:45

      Hey wait... That is not a whale in the pic...???

      abram.spamers - 2012-10-08 13:23

      >Its a health hazard >It attracts predators to the entire region >It could be there for months if not removed >Tourist attractions near the coast suffer financial losses because it is there And just maybe.. >Its located near the private beach of a powerful ANC member??

      CapeChappy - 2012-10-08 13:39

      Sanchez - what this article does not mention is that this whale was quite likely killed by a boat, not a "natural course". I was on site this morning and it has a very big gash running from it's mouth over the top of it's head towards it's dorsal area. So its death was probably caused by man, so now we are just clearing up our mess.

      Sean de Beer - 2012-10-08 13:43

      The fat will seep into the sand and attract sharks for years to come. We have seen it happen at Second beach in Port st. Johns. It is too close to Muizenberg where there are hundreds of surfers, swimmers and tourists daily.

      aarchaic - 2012-10-08 14:26

      Abram has it spot on! Health risk! you ever seen a cat decompose? thats 2-3kg how long does it take? how does it smell? Now you wanna leave 60-100 ton's of meat in the open air to rot away?

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-08 12:41

    As far as I know the correct spelling is CARCASE.

      Fila82 - 2012-10-08 13:02

      ummm then in that case you thought wrong... the correct spelling IS carcass...

      samantha.brink.108 - 2012-10-08 16:24

  • sincitizen1 - 2012-10-08 12:58


      TSR01 - 2012-10-08 13:30

      The author of the article published it from Johannesburg, though I agree, it is confusing for them to state it that way. "Reporting from Johannesburg, we have received information that so-and-so happened in Cape Town". Oh well! :)

  • jeanette.rossouw - 2012-10-08 12:59

    Just asking, why can't the carcass be towed out to deep sea and left to be disposed of by nature?

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-08 13:07

      Why cant it be towed to Mitchells Plain and disposed of by nature?

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-08 13:11

    That is Moby sharky in the pic. Put up a sign that says "FOR SALE" and the locals will steal it.

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