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Whale beaches in Wilderness

Beach goers in Wilderness are cautioned to take care along the Wilderness beach due to the possibility of increased shark activity after a whale beached on 28 December 2018.

The whale, said to be a juvenile Humpback, is in poor health and will be euthanised.

The NSRI once again urges beach goers to only swim in areas where lifeguards are on duty, and to obey the orders of the lifeguards.

The following statement was released by George Municipality:

Update 29/12/18 at 09:00
A humpback whale washed out at Steps, Wilderness Beach on Friday late afternoon. The whale is still alive and if needs be will be euthanized at 12pm. The South African Police and the Department of Environmental Affairs is in charge of the scene.

A marine biologist will do a quick tissue sampling session and the carcass will be removed. George Municipal Cleansing workers will do the removal. The George Municipality Law Enforcement, the Police, the George Fire Brigade, George Lifeguards and SMART (Stranded Marine Animal Rescue Team) are on the beach for the safety of the public that is currently there. We do an urgent appeal to the public to please steer clear of the area so that the authorities can do their job and assist the animal in a humane manner.

Once the euthanization has taken place the beach will be closed from Wilderness all the way to Leentjiesklip.

We thank the public for their cooperation in this regard.


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