Strand road still closed as attempt to move whale carcass continues

2015-12-24 13:08
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PICS: Washed-up humpback whale on Cape Town beach

View pics of a dead humpback whale that was washed ashore in Strand, Cape Town.

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town said on Thursday that Beach Road in Strand would remain closed while they were busy removing a 25-ton whale carcass.   

The humpback whale, which beached on Wednesday, was successfully removed from Strand beach later that day.

"The City of Cape Town teams have been working tirelessly to stabilise the flatbed truck which will be used to transport the whale carcass to the Vissershok landfill site today," the City’s environmental spokesperson, Gregg Oelofse, said in a statement.   

On Wednesday, a large crowd had gathered to watch the removal.

Environmental affairs officials had been to the site to take samples from the animal in order to determine the cause of death.

"After working late into the night, City teams were unable to stabilise the carcass on the back of the flatbed truck."

Oelofse said a bulldozer was initially called in to pull the 14m humpback whale off a reef.

"City Solid Waste teams were back on site this morning to stabilise the vehicle and carcass. Once they are certain that the excess load is safe for transportation and pose no additional risk to road users, they will travel to the landfill site."

No bathing and surfing would be allowed at Strand beach in the meantime.

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