Beached whale prompts shark alert along ECape coast

2016-10-29 12:20
The whale carcass on Anne Avenue Beach near St Francis Bay. (NSRI)

The whale carcass on Anne Avenue Beach near St Francis Bay. (NSRI)

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Cape Town - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) on Saturday urged the public along the Eastern Cape coastline to be cautious after an apparent increase in shark sightings was recorded due to a beached whale carcass.

The 15-metre southern right whale carcass was first spotted floating offshore near Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday, NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

It beached on Anne Avenue Beach near St Francis Bay on Thursday.

Disaster management, an NSRI trainee and a local helped tow the mammal's body out to sea on Friday using ropes, a jet ski and a chokka fishing boat.

The rescue effort apparently sparked an unusual increase in shark sightings in the vicinity of the Krom River and Anne Avenue Beach.

"Bathers, paddlers, divers, sail boarders are urged to be cautious," Lambinon said.

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