Section of Cape Town beach closed after dead whale washes up

2016-03-04 11:51

Cape Town - A section of Mekbosstrand has been cordoned off following the discovery of a washed up whale on Friday morning, the City of Cape Town has confirmed.

Wayne Dyason of the city’s marine unit told News24 the carcass was that of a "huge" 10m whale, believed to be a Southern Right.

"All departments are on the scene to establish what the best course of action will be," he said.

The whale is understood to have been found by early morning walkers.

Mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning Johan van der Merwe advised curious onlookers to steer clear.

"From a safety perspective, we urge members of the public to please keep away to allow the agencies on site the space to remove the whale carcass," he said.

In December, a humpback whale beached in Strand.

The 25-ton carcass was removed with a flatbed truck and taken to the Vissershok landfill site.

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