Sadly the 9.5 m humpback did not survive the night. Museum scientist Kevin Cole was on site at sunrise and found the animal had passed on.
Members of the public who assisted yesterday in trying to rescue the whale are thanked for their efforts. In particular, Deon Willmers and his son Storm and Keith Dunmore and his wife Brenda for being on site early to to keep the whale watered down and by covering the eyes to protect them from the sun. Jarrod Smith also assisted in keeping the whale cool until the museum arrived.