Efforts to tow a dead whale out to sea are continuing in Port Elizabeth. The whale had been floating 300 metres from shore, attracting a large number of sharks.
Local southern beaches including Hobie beach, Humewood and Kings Beach have been closed as a precaution. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro spokesperson Kupido Baron says the municipality’s beach office and the National Sea and Rescue Institute (NSRI) are working together to move the carcass to deeper water where it will pick up currents which will take it further out to sea.
“We are working towards pulling the carcass deeper into sea. At this point we are still issuing the precautionary call for people not to swim in the southern beaches to avoid exposure to the sharks currently feeding off the carcass. We will continue to monitor the situation perhaps until Thursday to see if anything changes,” explains Baron.
In another case involving the huge sea mammal, the City of Cape Town closed Fish Hoek on Tuesday after blubber from a dead whale washed up on shore.
The City has now taken the large piece of fat to a landfill site. Authorities have warned of high shark activity off the coastline.