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Giant sun fish washes ashore in Camps Bay

It was previously reported that a baby whale had washed ashore at Camps Bay near Saunders Rocks.

FILE: A giant sun fish has washed ashore in Camps Bay. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town disaster risk officials have now confirmed it is in fact a giant sun fish that beached near Camps Bay.

It was previously reported that a baby whale had washed ashore at Camps Bay near Saunders Rocks.

Members of the public on numerous occasions pushed the sun fish out to sea and off the rocks however their attempts where proven unsuccessful.

Disaster Risk Management's Wilfred Solomons Johannes says the sun fish was exhausted from the rough sea conditions and suffered injuries and could not make any efforts to swim out.

"At approximately 15:00, the sun fish once again beached itself on the rocks on a very high and dry area. The responding public safety authorities initiated efforts in carrying the sun fish off the beach in order to take it to the Veterinary Surgeons at the Waterfront Aquarium."

The specialised team dealing with marine mammal rescues from the City's Solid Waste Management Department dispatched a truck and a large tarpaulin to assist with the recovery efforts.

Rescue divers from the City's Fire and Rescue Services and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) with the assistance from the Solid Waste Management Department made alternative efforts getting the sun fish into the water.

However before the alternative plan could be implemented members of the public standing on the rocks where the sun fish beached pushed the fish back into the water.

This made it impossible for the City's public safety agencies to retrieve the marine mammal at it was out of reach.

It is suspected that sun fish may beach itself again soon; however officials of the City of Cape Town will monitor the shoreline should it wash out again.

The City estimates that the sun fish weighs close to 30kg and it requires specialised persons to deal with it as members of the public without marine knowledge may further injure it.

Members of the public are encouraged to immediately notify the City's Disaster Operations Centre should the sun fish beach itself again.