Melkbosstrand beached whale died as a result of ship strike

Clean-up teams have been struggling to remove the Southern Right Whale carcass from the shore.

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 - The City of Cape Town has confirmed a beached whale in Melkbosstrand died after colliding with a ship's propeller.

Clean-up teams have been struggling for several hours to remove the Southern Right whale carcass from the shore.

Members of the public have been advised to stay away from the area in the meantime.

The City's Gregg Oelofse says, "We really struggled, with the rip tied, to get a tow strap around its tail. We eventually managed to do that and we are waiting for the bulldozer to arrive to try and tow it off the beach. I can also confirm that the animal died as a result of a ship strike from the propeller."