Three whales wash up on CPT beach again

The city will investigate the cause of 20 Pilot whales washing ashore at Noordhoek beach.

Volunteers drape wet towels over one of the 19 beached pilot whales at Noordhoek beach in Cape Town on 24 March 2013. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says experts are still trying to determine what caused several Pilot whales to beach themselves in the Noordhoek area.

Twenty of them washed ashore at Noordhoek beach on Sunday.

Five died on the scene and nine had to be culled.

The other whales were rescued and transported to the Simons Town Naval Base.

It is understood three whales have since washed up on the beach again. They have also been euthanised.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)'s Craig Lambinon explained how the animals were put down: "In this case it was a high velocity rifle, it was used by a veterinary surgeon to immediately put the animal down without any pain, which is the most humane way of doing it."

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said: "The scientists from the department of Environmental Affairs will be undertaking necropsy on the carcasses to establish a cause of death."

Solomons-Johannes added solid waste removal teams worked until late yesterday trying to remove the carcasses.

"The city's solid waste management department has transported the whale carcasses from the beach to the Vissershok Landfill site where they will be disposed of."