Bryde’s whale carcass washed up on Kommetjie beach

Posted by Lucinda Dordley on 11 August 2020

The carcass of a Bryde’s whale washed up on Longbeach in Kommetjie, Western Cape on Monday, August 10.

According to Shark Spotters, the carcass was spotted by a drone. A number of sharks of yet to be unidentified species were also seen feeding on the carcass.

Bryde's whale carcass washed up on Kommetjie beach

Sharks of an unidentified species were spotted feeding on the carcass of a Bryde’s whale on Monday, August 10.

‘Water users are advised to exercise extreme caution and use an alternative beach until the carcass is removed tomorrow [August 11],’ the organisation said.

Bryde’s whales are typically seen alone or sometimes in small groups of no more than three, according to IWC.

The winter months are whale watching season for South Africans, as many species including Bryde’s, southern sight, humpback and killer whales migrate north from the Antarctic waters to breed.

Image credit: Shark Spotters

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