City officials are planning to remove the carcass of a humpback whale that washed ashore on Strandfontein Beach on Saturday. Photo: Facebook/Shark Spotters
City officials are planning to remove the carcass of a humpback whale that washed ashore on Strandfontein Beach on Saturday. Photo: Facebook/Shark Spotters

Whale beached in Cape Town

By Sam Spiller Time of article published Oct 10, 2020

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CAPE TOWN - City officials are planning to remove the carcass of a humpback whale that washed ashore on Strandfontein Beach on Saturday.

According to Shark Spotters Chief Executive Officer Sarah Waries, the carcass was first reported at around 2pm and measures between 10 to 12 metres in length.

Craig Lambinon, spokesperson for the National Sea Rescue Institute advised beachgoers along the False Bay coastline to be cautious as the carcass could attract sharks.

“While no increased shark activity has been witnessed at this time, it is normal for increased shark activity around a whale carcass, and caution is advised,” Lambinon said.

Lambinon added that arrangements to remove the carcass were being made by the City of Cape Town’s waste disposal management .

Adult humpback whales can measure up to 16 metres and weigh up to 30 tons. Sightings of the mammal between May and November are common as they migrate from the polar region up the Southern African coastline to their breeding grounds near Mozambique.

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