Durban – A whale washed ashore on the Pipeline beach in Amanzimtoti on Tuesday, attracts dozens of curious spectators to the beach.
Authorities were in place to prevent people from hacking the meat of the whale before KZN Wildlife experts can carry out the necessary tests on the whale to determine how it is washed on the beach.
Mandy Rudman, a worried resident, said that the whale calf died in the surf shortly after stranding. Rudman initially tried to get people on the beach to push the stranded whale back to the sea.
A resident Paul Badenhorst said the whale was too deep in the water to be hacked. He said he watched the whale struggle against the crushers. Badenhorst said that the whale was directed to the sea and he had seen a few sharks lurking in wait.
Wendy du Plessis, a native of Amanzimtoti on the spot, said the whale was just too exhausted.
"It is also suspected that this is the same calf that was relived and rescued eight days ago, but if he lost contact with his mother, then chances of surviving were small," said du Plessis.
Ann Kunz, spokesman for the uShaka Sea World, confirmed that the whale had died and that a team of experts was on the spot.