GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - Following yesterday’s beaching of a humpback whale in Sedgefield, there is an expected increase in shark activity in the area from Plettenberg Bay to Mossel Bay.
Bathers and surfers are advised to keep out of the water.
On Friday afternoon, 29 June, NSRI Wilderness duty crew were alerted to a whale beaching at Sedgefield Beach, between the Swartvlei River Mouth and Sedgefield Beach.
The NSRI Montagu Property Quad Bike with NSRI rescue swimmers was dispatched and SA National Park (SANParks) rangers, Cape Nature members, and marine authorities were alerted and officials attended the scene.
The whale, an 8.83-meter juvenile Humpback, was found in shallow surf and efforts to reach the whale were too dangerous due to the whale thrashing around in the surf.
Although it appeared at Spring high tide that the whale would use the Spring high tide to return to sea, sadly the whale beached and died.
Marine authorities have taken samples and the whale carcass will be disposed of in an operation by municipal Authorities and SANParks.
Information courtesy of NSRI.
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