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Whale washed out at Cape St Francis

16 July 2018
The juvenile whale that washed out at Cape St Francis Beach last week has since disappeared.

The juvenile whale that washed out at Cape St Francis Beach last week has since disappeared.

Residents and beach goers in the Cape St Francis area are asked to be on the lookout for a carcass of a juvenile whale that washed out last week, but has since disappeared.

Kouga Municipality issued a Facebook alert on their page last week about a juvenile whale that beached in Cape St Francis near the Ducks surf break.

At the time, the municipality said it would only be able to remove the carcass the next day due to the high tide. 

There was also concern that potential for increased shark activity existed in the area and a warning to ocean users was sent for them to be cautious.

Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson the municipal teams had observed the waters for two days and decided it was not safe to carry out the operation of removing the whale’s remains.

“When the guys went to check again the next day, there was no sight of the animal and we could only assume that the sea had reclaimed the carcass.

“We would also like to reiterate that the possibility of shark presence is always high in such situations as they look for feed,” he said.

This is the second whale in two weeks which washed out in the same area.

It took the municipality more than five days to remove a decomposing carcass which had washed out in Mostertshoek on 26 June.

The whale was buried in a trench at the Humansdorp waste site, after consultation with the Department of Environmental Affairs.