Cape Town – The Overstrand municipality in the Western Cape has issued a warning to residents after a whale carcass washed up in Hermanus.
Many people gathered around the Bryde’s whale, and some of them harvested its meat, reports said.
The Overstrand Municipality in the Western Cape has called on members of the public to refrain from consuming the meat of a Bryde’s whale that washed up on Hermanus Beach yesterday. #sabcnews
— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) May 18, 2023
Deputy mayor Lindile Ntsabo cautioned the public against consuming the meat due to unknown reasons behind the whale’s death and the fact that the meat was rotten, posing a risk of food poisoning, Times Live reported.
Scientists from the Overberg Stranding Network were unable to determine the cause of death and said that there was little left of the carcass for further analysis.
They eat WHALE in Hermanus🐋😭😫 pic.twitter.com/w8mo0EOUNK
— 𝕃𝕦𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕕𝕠 𝕄𝕒𝕪𝕖𝕜𝕚𝕤𝕠 (@LthandoMayekiso) May 17, 2023
Authorities have cautioned people especially residents in the greater Hermanus against the consumption of a dead whale washed ashore in the area. https://t.co/dEmh8Neuzy pic.twitter.com/1NThE4MoS8
— Sisonke Mlamla (@SISONKE_MD) May 18, 2023
People from the Western Cape have been warned to stop eating washed-up dead whales that appeared on the rocks close to Schulphoek near Hermanus Beach Club, due to the dangerously “high levels of toxins”. pic.twitter.com/sta4PXSSvL
— Sisonke Mlamla (@SISONKE_MD) May 17, 2023
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu