August 29, 2011 by dyertrust

On Monday 29th August, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust team led by Wilfred Chivell attended to a beached deceased whale at Romans Bay, Gansbaai.

The whale was a female Southern right whale measuring 14 meters. Her uterus was prolapsed, after having given birth. This causes inflammation in the animal and is believed to be the cause of death. Measurements and samples such as skin and blubber were taken. No reported sightings of the calf.

At the same time, a deceased common dolphin was found lying nearby a female, measuring just over 2m. Cause of death uncertain.

The Trust works closely with the Mammal Research Institute and Oceans and Coasts and samples are sent to them for analysis.

(Thanks to Louw Hugo who called the Trust.)