These photos of the removal of a dead Southern Right Whale from Capricorn beach near Muizenberg may be upsetting for some of our readers but because they show a magnificent creature that most of us only see part of or at a distance, they may be of interest to others. I must admit to preferring to see live whales spouting or breaching when I am kayaking!

The whale washed up at about 6pm on Sunday evening, 7 October. City of Cape Town officials and of the Dept of Environmental Affairs took in the region of 18 hours to remove the carcass on Monday. It was taken to the Vissershok landfill facility.

The carcass had been bitten several times by Great White sharks. Scientists from the Department of Environmental Affairs took measurements and samples of the carcass for further investigation.

Beaches along the False Bay coast have been closed because of the increased number of sharks in the area.


Photos sent by Leon Mc Duling (Senior Inspector)  Law Enforcement Fish Hoek  to Councellor Felicity Purchase.