UPDATE: Cape Town successfully removes whale carcass

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A Bryde's whale and seagulls feast on anchovies in Gulf of Thailand

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town successfully removed the carcass of a whale that beached in Bantry Bay.

Authorities believed that dead marine mammal posed a risk to the public.

Decomposing whales could attract sharks, and they also create an awful stench.

Samples will now be taken for research purposes, and the carcass buried in a landfill site.

Gregg Oelofse from the City of Cape Town said before the removal, "It&39;s going to be difficult. But the particular location of this animal means we&39;re going to have to take it off by towing it back out to sea."

"We&39;re quite lucky because it&39;s a small whale, a calf, about 6 metres in length so it makes it easier for us."