Humpback whale carcass washes ashore

The washed up whale carcass cannot be removed until the tide moves it to a more accessible location, the City has said.

A 10-metre Humpback whale carcass has washed ashore south of the black river mouth near the Cape Town harbour, the City said. 

The City’s mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt, said the carcass, which washed ashore on Tuesday evening, poses no risk.

The City cannot reach the carcass and can therefore not remove it at this stage, she said.

“We will keep on monitoring the whale carcass until it is accessible for removal,” she said.

Ms Nieuwoudt added: “Once the sea moves the carcass to a better location where we can access it, we will remove it.”