City of CT hopes to have beached whale removed by tonight

The 14-metre female whale washed ashore overnight.

A dead humpback whale washed ashore at Strand beach on 23 December 2015. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Efforts to remove the carcass of a humpback whale at Strand beach continue this afternoon.

The 14-metre female whale washed ashore overnight.

The entire Strand beach has been closed for swimming as a precaution, as the carcass was emitting fluids that could attract sharks.

The City's Richard Bosman says, "The whale is still being removed from the scene; staff are on the scene. It's a fairly large animal so we having to take care and time when removing it. [The City's staff] are still busy removing the whale; there are still a lot of people around and a lot of traffic, but we are hoping to have it completed by this evening."

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