The NSRI in the Western Cape has been busy over the last few days, rescuing two whales tangled up in rope in Kleinmond and Clovelly.
This past Sunday, the organisation was alerted to the Kleinmond situation by concerned eye witnesses, and was quickly on the scene to free the 12m-long southern right whale from a tangle of ropes and floatation buoys.
The whale was successfully freed, with the dangerous mess of rope cleaned up for good measure.
Just two days later, the organisation needed to respond once more as another southern right whale was in distress in the waters between Kalk Bay and Fish Hoek.
Various NSRI branches sped to the scene, causing heavy traffic delays in the process, but all for a good cause.
“We found a large Southern Right whale, 10 to 12 meters in length, entangled with at least 8 wraps of rope around its tail,” it says. “Using the SAWDN cutting gear we immediately began cutting away at the rope and we were able to cut free all of the wraps of rope.”
Other whales in the surrounding waters were then inspected for tangles, but thankfully, no problems have since been reported.
The NSRI has thanked the public for raising concern, instigating swift action from the sea rescue institute.