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Killer whale beached in Melkbos [pic]
Posted by on Oct 6th, 2010

Just heard from a mate (thanks Bernie) that a killer whale or Orca has beached itself on Melkbosstrand, Cape Town.

Shame. Very unusual for this part of the world hey. Any science folks know if its a common occurance and when the last time Cape Town had a visit from a killer whale?

[thanks Bernard]

UPDATE: the photo was originally taken by Twitter user sramxo and apparently the animal had already died before it washed up on shore.

Dawie from Melkbos says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I Was there – Beautiful Animal, Even in Death

Savage says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Can you tell us more Dawie? Was there an attempt to try and get the whale back in the ocean? how many people there were etc. Must have been incredibly sad. Don’t think I could handle that.

Savage says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Sorry for the kak looking post and lack of details. Still getting the hang of posting from WordPress app on my BlackBerry.
Still ironing out the kinks. Forgot also to mention that the picture I got sent is from a twitter user sramxo. Soon as I get back to my laptop ill update the post. Cheers.

Dawie from Melkbos says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

It was sad – The Orca washed up at midday on the incoming tide – By all reports it had already expired, and by the smell i would say it must have died a good few hours prior. It did of course attract a lot of attention and the irony is that it washed up within view of our local “Orca” restaurant – The authorities seemed to have it all under control though and a flesh sample was taken for analysis

October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The short dorsal fin is confusing. All the Orca’s I have seen have had distinctive tall dorsals. Could this possibly be a False Killer Whale? They have a history of beaching themselves. Whatever species, indeed a sad moment.

Shamus.

Joey1987 says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

One of the officials at the site said it was a young animal. Shame man.

Joey1987 says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

@sean de lange Definitely not a false killer whale. They are unicolored and as you can see, this animal is both black and white. Go google it for a pic:-)

Graeme says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

@Dawie and Savage. saw the Orca swimming near Slabberts se Klippe at approx 11.30. She was cruising along slowly in the surf and headed out towards Corner. She swam into the breakers and beached herself. A few of us managed to get her back out into deeper water but she wasnt moving or breathing. We stayed with her in the water for 20 minutes before leaving her. She was obviously dead and there was a a milky brown substance coming out of her blowhole. Interestingly, at the exact time she beached a seal with its face eaten off also washed up 30 m away.

Dawie from Melkbos says:
October 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Thanks for Update Graeme – it will be interesting to hear what the problem was – Stay well – Dawie

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