This is the huge humpback whale that has been pulled from the water after it was chopped up by a ship’s propellers.
The startling images were taken at the slipway of the Oceana Boat Club in Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa when the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) was pulled from the water by the city’s Environmental Management Branch (EMB) team.
The whale was reportedly 10 metres (32 feet) long before it was hit by the propellers of an unnamed ship and the ship then reported what had happened to the local port authority.
The EMB team said they only pulled seven metres (23 feet) of the whale out of the water as the other three metres had been lost when the propeller hit it behind the dorsal fin.
EMB spokesman Jacques du Toit said the whale’s carcass had been taken to a landfill site.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) have previously said there is no real solution to stop whales from colliding with ships.
The commission suggests trying to keep whales from swimming near ships and boats to slow down if they spot a whale swimming close by.
Du Toit said the accident could not have been avoided, adding that the EMB usually recover around 15 whales every year. He said the humpback whale had been at the water’s surface and then tried to dive to avoid the ship.
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