**WARNING: VISUALS MAY UPSET SENSITIVE READERS** A brydes whale has been killed after being caught i...

**WARNING: VISUALS MAY UPSET SENSITIVE READERS**

A Bryde's whale has been killed after being caught in an octopus fishery trap in a marine protected area near Simon's Town in the Cape Peninsula.

Conservation journalist, Swati Thiyagarajan, says the animal suffered massive


cuts to its body after being caught in ropes from the fishing vessel at Miller's Point.

Environmentalists say it is the eigth whale to have died in this manner in the past two years.

Thiyagarajan was with officials when they recovered the animals body from the sea:

"The entire body had deep gashes where the rope had cut down into cartilage on the whale's body."

"This fishery is not anything that benefits local communities, it's not something that benefits the


local economy either."

"It is two people who run a boat that employs 6 people killing octopus that goes to China. So it seems futile that we're killing an iconic species like our whales which is such a draw-card for tourism to run with one little fishery."

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