14-metre humpback whale taken to Vissershoek landfill

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It’s suspected that the whale that washed ashore on the beach near Strandfontein had been dead for a few days. However, the cause of death is still unclear at this stage.

The City of Cape Town says the 14-metre Humpback whale carcass will be taken to the Vissershok landfill site as per the municipality’s whale removal policy.

On Saturday, a shark warning was sounded after the carcass washed ashore on Strandfontein beach.

Several Capetonians went to visit the scene with many snapping pictures of the large carcass.

It is unclear what led the animal to wash-up. Whales frequently beach after they suffered distress with disease or having been injured.

The mammal has been removed by the City of Cape Town’s solid waste removal directorate and will be buried in a landfill site.

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