Live male humpback stranding 29 June 2019

On the 20 May 2019 a live 9.5 m female humpback whale beached near Hickmans River (East London). The animal died overnight and this second report of a humpback was approximately 5 km’s east of this standing this past weekend. An attempt was made by museum scientist Kevin Cole and volunteers to rescue the Hickman’s humpback whale but sadly to no avail. The whale illustrated below had been moved by high seas over the rock line landwards when still alive and there was no way of considering a rescue. The stranding took place on the West Bank of East London, below and slightly west of the Hood Point Lighthouse.

Photo credit: Alan Eason

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