Shark Alert Issued After Large Whale Carcass Washes Ashore in Cape Town
Shark Alert Issued After Large Whale Carcass Washes Ashore in Cape Town. Photo: WhatsApp

NSRI and the City of Cape Town (CoCT) in the Western Cape, South Africa, have issued a Shark Alert, and are cautioning swimmers not to enter the sea in the Strand vicinity all weekend, after a large whale carcass was washed close in-shore on Friday afternoon, 25 November.

People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander

By Saturday morning the carcass had, as predicted, beached in Strand. The NSRI said it is normal for a whale carcass to attract sharks and caution is advised and together with the City of Cape Town appealed to bathers, paddlers, surfers and sail boarders to be cautious in the area.

People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
A dead humpback whale is washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander
People look at a dead humpback whale washed ashore on Strand beach, in Western Cape, South Africa, November 26, 2022. REUTERS/Esa Alexander TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

CoCT Law Enforcement Marine Unit officers, CoCT lifeguards, Strand Surf Lifesaving lifeguards and Strand Neighbourhood Watch will appeal to bathers to not enter the water on Saturday and on Sunday.

CoCT teams will investigate the removal of the whale carcass.


“We are appealing to water users along the Strand Beach front and towards Gordon’s Bay and towards Macassar to be aware of possible increased shark activity in the area due to the whale carcass and to exercise caution,” said the NSRI.

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