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Beached whale successfully removed from popular WC beach

The whale had to be cut to fit onto a flatbed truck and transported to landfill site.

The humpback whale has been loaded onto flatbed truck and is en route to the Visserhok landfill site in the northern suburbs. Picture: ER24 Twitter/@ER24EMS.

CAPE TOWN - The beached whale in Strand has finally been loaded onto a flatbed truck and is en route to the Vissershok landfill site in the northern suburbs.

The nearly 14-metre sea mammal had to be cut this afternoon to ensure the carcass could fit onto the truck.

The female humpback whale beached yesterday morning and the entire beach was closed for swimming as a precaution, as the carcass was emitting fluids that could attract sharks.

The City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman says, "The whale has been moved from the beach. The staff are currently on the N2 and it is being escorted to the Vissershok dumping site with traffic staff, who are on either side of the truck. We're just asking motorists to be patient and allow us to get there as soon as possible."

The reason for its death is still unknown and Strand beach will remain closed until further notice.

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