Carcass of juvenile Humpback whale washes ashore

The carcass of a juvenile Humpback whale washed ashore north of Langstrand earlier this week.

According to information on the Facebook profile of the Namibian Dolphin Project, the migration route between the whale breeding area in the tropics, (Gabon-Congo-Angola) and the summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic, runs along the west coast of Southern Africa.
As the Humpback whale populations recovered over the past five decades and still carrying on to do so, the sightings of these whales will also increase. Inevitably also mortalities and disease which cause the whales to wash ashore or beach.
“We can now start to detect good years and bad years, due to various factors, including climate change and poor fishing management.”

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