Southern right whale washes up on Melkbosstrand Beach

The carcass was spotted early this morning and officials and removal teams are on their way to the scene.

A 10 metre long southern right whale has washed up on Melkbosstrand Beach. The carcass was spotted early on 4 March 2016. Picture: Louise Geldenhuys/iWitness

CAPE TOWN - A 10 metre long southern right whale has washed up on Melkbosstrand Beach.

The carcass was spotted early this morning.

The City of Cape Town's Gregg Oelofse said, "The has initiated and mobilised its whale removal protocol and all teams are heading in that direction and we'll try and remove the carcass as effectively and efficiently as we can.

"The national government from the department of Environmental Affairs is also on their way take samples from the carcass."

The City asked the public to stay away from a section of beach where the whale carcass washed up.

Teams from the City and the national Environmental Affairs Department were at the scene.

Oelofse said the carcass would be removed as quickly as possible.

"We will update the public as the day progresses, but we would ask people to keep clear because we'll be bringing in heavy machinery."