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Beached whale found dead near Strand Pavilion

Officials say Strand and its surrounding beaches will be closed as they attempt to remove the carcass today.

A whale washed up near the Strand Pavillion on Wednesday 23 December 2015. Picture @TaineMcLean via Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says Strand and its surrounding beaches will be temporarily closed today, as officials attempt to remove the carcass of a humpback whale.

Authorities received reports of the large animal stranded near the Strand Pavilion last night.

The municipality's Gregg Oelofse said, "We are going to close the area down to the public and bring in heavy machinery to remove the carcass. Because of that, there will be safety concerns. We would ask the public to try and stay out of the area if they can."