Coast KZN

08 Nov 2016

Update: Whale carcass still causing a stink

Shona Aylward (South Coast Herald)

(Photo Credit: Dave Kavanagh)

Those living in the area are getting fed up with the smell.

The massive whale which washed ashore south of Southbroom’s Granny Pool recently is proving to be quite a challenge to dispose of.

Spokesman for Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, Simon April, explained that a few tons of rotting meat are difficult to cut or move, even when using heavy machinery. The other challenge is that there is no vehicle access to the area.

He added that the municipality is still establishing a plan on how to remove it as by-laws say that it may not be dumped at any landfill site.

“The only possibility for now is to let the carcass decompose naturally. However we would like to warn the public to consider the carcass as  unhygienic and avoid it at all costs.”

He confirmed that the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board had been informed, adding that they had since removed shark nets from Umkobi Beach to prevent any unnecessary shark captures, as sharks are strongly drawn to whale carcasses as a result of oils they release into the sea.