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JOHANNESBURG - Environmentalist outraged after footage of a whale dying during octopus fishing in the Western Cape circulates on social media.
Fishers been conducting a research project with the Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs Department.
Initial reports state eight whales have died in the past two years.
But environmental managers claim only three whales have died over a five-year period.
Octopus fisher, Gary Nel has changed the system used for octopus fishing significantly following a disastrous beginning to the research project.
"The first fifteen years of the experiment was literally a disaster for everyone, learning curves for everyone, we used the wrong gear, completely the wrong gear it was a complete failure."
Craig Foster from the Sea Change Project said, "It's highly disturbing to see a huge animal like that getting caught sometimes they get freed and like the other day that animal dies a horrific death."