Eight-meter humpback whale stranded at Sea Point


On Thursday, an eight-meter humpback whale washed up on the rocks at Sea Point.

THE CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNKNOWN

The city of Cape Town said the cause of death was unknown.

“The City can confirm that a whale carcass washed up on a rock this morning, Thursday, December 9, 2021.”

Photo: City of Cape Town

IT IS COMMON FOR ONE OR TWO DEAD CARCASSES TO WASH ON THE GROUND

“The town’s Coastal Management Department has confirmed that this is not an unusual occurrence as there are currently many humpback whales along the coast and when there are so many it is common that one or two dead carcasses wash up, “he said in a statement. declaration.

CARCASS REMOVED THURSDAY AFTERNOON

“However, to tow it off the rocks with a ship, the City has to wait for high tide. If this is successful, the team will then tow it to the Oceana Power Boat Club, where a flatbed truck will pick it up and take it away, ”the city said.

According to City Councilor Nicola Jowell, the carcass was removed Thursday afternoon.

“Professional operation between coastal management and the NSRI. After some slight pulling and a few small movements, the whale was released from the rocks. Thanks to everyone involved, ”Jowell said in a Facebook statement.

Humpback whales, with their obvious humps, gnarled heads, and long pectoral fins, can also be seen in Cape waters as they migrate from the polar regions to Mozambique and Madagascar where they breed and give birth.

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You are more likely to spot them between May and November. They are also a friendly species and can sometimes be seen interacting with Southern Right Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins.

Where does the name bosse come from?

Humpback whales are named, as you might expect, after an obvious hump in front of their small dorsal fin. Compared to those of other whales and dolphins, this dorsal fin is small and stocky. This bump is accentuated when they lift and bend their back in preparation for a dive.

How big are humpback whales?

Humpback whales are 15 to 19 meters long (about the size of a bus) and weigh around 40 tons. One of their most noticeable and distinctive features is their long, unsightly pectoral fins (fins). These can reach almost 5 meters in length, making them the longest fins of any baleen whale.

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