Cape Town - An injured baby pygmy sperm whale beached at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg, Cape Town, on Saturday, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.

“It has severe lacerations on its stomach caused from bashing against the rocks,” spokesman Craig Lambinon said.

Earlier, Lambinon said it was a dolphin that had beached.

The oceans and coasts branch of the department of environmental affairs was holding the whale where it was found until the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) arrives.

The SPCA's vets would decide what further action to take.

The NSRI from Strandfontein and Simonstown were on the scene assisting. - Sapa