Sat. Jul 20th, 2019

Camps Bay visitors engaged in desperate bid to save beached whale shark

Whale Shark camps BayWell-meaning beach-goers tried to save the a whale shark washed up at Camps Bay but may have inadvertently harmed the creature.

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Visitors to Cape Town’s Camps Bay beach struggled manfully to help a beached whale shark return to the ocean before Sea Rescue arrived to help the animal.

The Whale Shark washed up on shore on Saturday afternoon when life guards and visitors to the beach rushed to its aid, attempting to push the massive marine animal back into the ocean against the incoming waves.

Preacher and motivational speaker Tryfina Kgokong was on the beach and captured the scenes as visitors bid to save the animal which is said to still be alive with NSRI rescue teams on the beach.

An adult Whale Shark can grow up to 12 metres in length and can weigh over 19 tons, so it is no surprise the struggle was largely unsuccessful.

For all the public’s good intentions the efforts to help could potentially have caused further injury and harm to the animal.

We have reached out to the National Sea Rescue Institute for comment. They are reportedly on the scene and will provide updates as they become available.

The Whale shark is in poor health according to the NSRI who say that efforts are being made to keep the whale alive and to prevent further interference with the animal by members of the public. Law enforcement are also at the scene assisting the rescue efforts and keeping order.

The City Of Cape Town’s Marine Stranding team are on their way to the incident together with a team of vets and marine scientists, they will make a decision on the course of action to be taken when they have assessed the situation.

Public safety is being promoted on the scene to prevent injury to the animal, other marine life or people on the beach.

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