Stranded minke whale unfortunately scrapped


A young minke whale was unfortunately euthanized after it washed up again at Melkbosstrand despite considerable efforts to take it back to safety in deeper water.

The South African Whale Discovery Network (SAWDN) was informed on Wednesday afternoon of reports that two minke whales had washed up at Melkbosstrand. The Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries, the National Sea Rescue Institute’s (NSRI) station, inspectors from the Animal Protection Society’s (SPBA) wildlife inspectorate and officials from the Cape Town Metro were summoned.

Members of the public also tried to help the whales on the beach.

The two minke whales, a young whale and an adult whale, washed up in the shallow water on the beach at Slabber’s Klippe at Melkbosstrand.

“It appeared that the extensive efforts to take the whales back to the deep sea resulted in the adult whale returning to the sea and the authorities are cautiously optimistic that the adult whale, which appeared to be healthy, will survive,” said a statement of the NSRI.

However, the young whale washed up again.

After all efforts had been exhausted, the decision was made in consultation with relevant officials to humanely euthanize the whale to prevent any suffering.

Gregg Oelofse, attached to the SAWDN in Cape Town, says the decision was made in accordance with approved protocols on marine animals that wash up and after consultation with marine biologists, the SPCA and the Cape Town authorities.