Cape Town - Beach-goers are being warned there is a carcass of a dead whale shark on Yzerfontein, along the West Coast.
On Monday, 26th March, NSRI Yzerfontein investigated reports of a Whale shark washed ashore and hard aground 1km North of popular Strandkombuis.
Willem Lubbe, NSRI Yzerfontein station commander says, "On arrival on the scene a Whale Shark was found beached and barely alive in an advanced deteriorating state and shortly after arriving on the scene sadly the Whale shark died.
Authorities are informed as well as the department of Environmental affair.
The NSRI believes that with the Whale Shark being in a remote location and not near to any built up area authorities may decide not to attempt to remove the animal.
West Coast Foodie Experience highlights:
The West Coast of South Africa is well-known for its quaint coastal living and succulent seafood - however as certain species face over-fishing, there are a number of options that are as tasty as they are sustainable.
So why the focus on sustainable? The West Coast rock lobster or kreef as it is locally known is now critically endangered.
South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) states there is less than 2% of the WCRL remaining, which is a huge concern to all.
Since 20 February 2017, restaurants, stores and other authorities that would like to identify with WWF-SASSI, will no longer be able to serve or sell West Coast Rock Lobster.
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But while there might be a limit on your Kreef consumption, you can still enjoy some of the sumptuous seafood treats of the area. A good place to start would be through the new West Coast Wild Route, which includes two off- the-beaten-track tracks - the Sustainable Seafood Track as well as the People Rocking Nature Track.
'Unforgettable West Coast - fun and free road trips'
As part of the West Coast Way, made up of five road-trip routes in total, it begins only 25 minutes from Cape Town on the R27 and N7 National Road and showcases the top things to do and see in this type of "mega nature park offering unspoiled and authentic experiences".
The other routes include the heritage-inspired Culture Route, the sensational Foodie Route, the Swartland Scenic Route and the beautiful Berg Route - See more details here.
Here are five West Coast Way spots to enjoy on your next Sustainable Seafood track road trip.
Located a mere 200km from Cape Town up the West Coast, Eland's bay is considered to be the perfect quick weekend breakaway spot. Not just a surfing's paradise, here you will find the Wit Mossel Pot. There seafood platter comes highly recommended, with their fresh mussel soup or white mussel pot living up to its Afrikaans name. Come hungry or have some deliciously fresh fish and chips to go.
Contact: Phone: 082 496 8931 or Wit Mossel Pot - Facebook