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Kommetjie Whale - Background Document

27 July 2006

On Friday, 22 July, a 14.65 meter Southern Right whale, weighing 35 tons, washed up off Kommetjie in the vicinity of the Slangkop light house. The whale was examined by Dr. Peter Best who determined that it had recently given birth, and had been lactating. Dr. Best further surmised that the whale died at sea on Wednesday or Thursday last week and washed up on Friday.