A group of concerned swimmers swam and some paddled out at the slip way at Miller's Point on Sunday. The group honored the lives of two whales which got caught and dies in octopus traps in the vacinity. Flowers were strewn as they celebrated the victory which saw a stop placed on the experimental octopus traps in the oceans of the False Bay Coast. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Town - Another whale, a juvenile, an eight metre humpback, was rescued from fishing gear  in Buffels Bay at Cape Point on Monday.

This comes after Minister of Environment, Fisheries and Forestry Barbara Creecy temporarily suspended exploratory fishing of octopuses. 

The suspension came after at least three whales were caught in octopus traps in False bay over the past three weeks. 

Two of these whales, a humpback and a Bryde's whale died as a result. 

Craig Foster from Sea Change Project weighed in on the incidents.  

“These whales are being killed in a protected area. This is iconic species and South Africa is known for the conservation of these whales. This is a disaster on a large scale," he said.

A group of concerned swimmers paddled out to Miller’s Point to honor the dead whales and also celebrate the suspension of the experimental octopus fishing license. Video: Tracey Adams / African News Agency
On Sunday a group of concerned swimmers paddled out to Miller’s Point to honor the dead whales and also celebrate the suspension of the experimental octopus fishing license.

On Tuesday, experimental octopus fishing licence holder Garry Nel Albatross said he could not comment and was taking the matter to court. 

He said many jobs would be lost as a result of the suspension of the licence and that what was being reported was mostly “a bunch of nonsense”.

African News Agency