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Humpback whale carcass removed<p>Motorists and members of the public are urged to give the agencies the space that is required for them to transport the carcass of the humpback whale from Hout Bay Harbour to the landfill site in Vissershok.</p><p>This morning 19 December 2016, the Western Cape Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEADP) alerted the City’s Environmental Management Department to the carcass of a humpback whale which was floating approximately 1,6 km off Llandudno Beach.</p><p>To avoid the likelihood of the whale carcass washing ashore during the peak holiday season at a potentially difficult removal area, the City, in consultation with the DEADP, opted to have the approximately nine meter carcass towed to Hout Bay Harbour where it has been loaded onto a flatbed truck.</p><p>‘In accordance with the City’s Standard Whale Protocol, and once the DEADP has completed their sampling, the carcass will be driven to Vissershok landfill site and disposed of. The cause of death is unknown but it is likely to be from a ship strike. The City would like to thank the National Sea Rescue Institute for towing the animal to Hout Bay Harbour,’ said Gregg Oelofse from the City’s Environmental Management Department.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p> <b> </b> 2016-12-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4f00be24-6cf3-404e-b0ef-544bdb23e4b5;L0|#04f00be24-6cf3-404e-b0ef-544bdb23e4b5|environmental;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#4254aaa6-74cd-44b3-812b-4ae7cd46b8bb;L0|#04254aaa6-74cd-44b3-812b-4ae7cd46b8bb|animal1

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