Posted by: The ocean update | December 25, 2015

Another whale beached at Kommetjie Beach (South Africa)

It is the second whale that has beached along the Cape coast in three days.

It is the second whale that has beached along the Cape coast in three days.

Friday, December 25th, 2015. Nature conservationists are expected to bring in the disposal team on Saturday to remove the carcass of a humpback whale that beached at Kommetjie Beach along the Cape Peninsula.

It is the second whale that has beached along the Cape coast in three days. Nature conservationists say the high mortality rate is not surprising given the high number of whales in the waters in the last few months.

Unlike the Southern Right this whale can be described as shy and hardly ever comes out of the water.

Edward Knot says, “This is probably about 12 metres long maybe between 15 tons. But they get much larger than this and it’s quite submerged at the moment, you could see the whole animal this morning. What you’re seeing now is the underside of it.”

Residents and other animal lovers came out to see the rare species.

“I’ve been staying in Kommetjie Beach since 2001 and I’ve never seen it [whale] before so I had to come out and see. It’s quite sad you know … so I came just came to have a look to see if it’s going to be disposed of in a humane way.”

The carcass will be moved to a waste disposal site.

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