Dead whale washes up on JBay beach

A 13 meter long whale has washed up the Kabeljous beach, and has attracted sharks into the area.

Beach walkers saw sharks just off the backline of Kabeljous beach yesterday when they went to have a look at the whale, believed to a Humpback.

The cause of death has not been established and experts will be taking a look at the whale today.

A fairly large shark was spotted at Main Beach over the weekend as well, promting calls for swimmers and surfers to be cautious when entering the ocean.

A shark spotted at Main Beach. Photo: Leisle van Vliet - Facebook
A shark spotted at Main Beach. Photo: Leisle van Vliet – Facebook

Humpback whales range in length from 12–16 m and weigh about 36,000 kg.

Found in oceans around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km each year.

Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters,and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter when they fast and live off their fat reserves.

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Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish.

Like other large whales, the humpback was a target for the whaling industry.

Once hunted to the brink of extinction, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a 1966 moratorium.

While stocks have partially recovered, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution continue to impact the population of 80,000.

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