Marine experts are investigating the cause of the stranding of a whale on Pipeline Beach in Amanzimtoti on Tuesday.
The whale died shortly after lashing in shallow water early this morning. The sub-adult humpback is between 4 and 6 meters long, says Jennifer Olbers Marine Ecologist at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Olbers said she can not speculate about why the whale was stranded on the beach until the correct tests were carried out. She said that the whale would be more exposed during low tide.
"The eThekwini municipality is responsible for the removal and removal of carcasses, and citizens are not allowed to harvest or remove pieces, which is a protected species, so it's illegal to take away pieces," said Olbers.
A whale also stranded on the beach line of the pipeline in July 2014.
According to the website of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), dolphins and whales can strand along the beaches of KwaZulu Natal for many reasons that may be natural or result from human activities.
Some of these reasons are disease, old age or parasitic infection, abandoned calves or malnourished juveniles; severe oceanographic and weather conditions or they are bitten by predators such as sharks or killer whales.
Human activities include pollution or injury from fishing gear or boats.