A decomposing whale weighing about three tons was towed to Fish Hoek beach this afternoon, Tues 12 Nov, from Danger beach where it had washed up earlier in the day.
When I arrived at the beach at 5pm the small boat belonging to Shark Encounters was just behind the breaker line, the whale whitely in its wake.
Two brave crew members jumped overboard and swam the tow rope to shore. Fish Hoek beach was flying a shark warning flag and the beach had been closed to water-users, as had the beaches along the coast to Muizenberg.
The rope was secured to the waiting bulldozer, while the crowds continued to gather to watch the unusual spectacle with interest. The water soaked carcass being very heavy and the tide being low, the rope broke twice.
I unfortunately had to leave at 6pm before the whale was beached. The last impression I had of the scene was of the bulldozer’s wheels spinning in the wet sand.
The whale was to be taken to the landfill by truck. I wondered why it had not been towed out to sea where Nature would have taken care of it. An ignominious end to a magnificent animal.
I prefer seeing whales frolicking like this.
Wed 13 Nov. I received the following pictures from Francois Rossouw this morning. The removal of the whale from Fish Hoek beach obviously was not an easy task as it was still going on after darkness fell.
Many thanks for your images, Francois!