The talk of the town this week includes two beachings. The rough weather of the past week and weekend, took its toll and we are sad to report the following:
A local Cetacean Conservation group was notified of the beaching of a Whale carcass on Sunday morning. A few distressed residents phoned the group after they noticed the large body washed up close to the Gansbaai harbour. Three of the people involved with the Whale Coast Cetacean Project went to have a look at the body.
The carcass of the Whale had lost most of its colour and had lost its tail which indicated that the body had been floating out at sea for quite some time. There were shark bite marks on the body and besides the bad condition of the body, it was deduced that it was a Southern Right Whale. The cause of death along with total length and age of the animal were not able to be determined. The municipality will be taking care of the removal of the carcass.
The second stranding, is a fishing boat that got detached during the bad weather of the past week. The boat finally got washed out just outside of the Gansbaai harbour on Saturday.
Photos courtesy of Whale Coast Cetacean Project & Lloyd Koppel