Posted by: The ocean update | March 5, 2017

Juvenile humpback whale slaughtered (South Africa)

Image by David Harrison

March 5th, 2017 (Berenice Moss). Officials from the National Department of Environmental Affairs have decided to murder (Ed Sibylline : by detonating explosives on its head, source) a juvenile humpback whale beached at Sandy Bay in the Cape Peninsula.

The mammal is approximately ten metres long and weighs around ten tonnes.

It’s assumed (Ed Sibylline : destruction justified by… an hypothesis ???) that the whale is injured or sick. The City’s spokesperson, Priya Reddy, has requested the public to avoid the area as the beach will remain closed for the rest of the day.

“Once the process has been concluded the carcass will be towed to the Hout Bay harbour from where it will be taken to the landfill site at Vissershok.

“The public is requested to avoid Sandy Bay beach and the Hout Bay harbour during the course of the day as the operation will only be completed late this evening,” says Reddy.




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