The body of a baby Southern Right whale was found on the rocks close to the Cape Point lighthouse in the nature reserve which was in the advanced stages of decomposition. Earlier in 2016 a baby whale was washed ashore onto the rocks in Bantry Bay, Cape Town 14 February 2016 and was reported as been successfully removed. This body has lost all colour and the stench was not overwhelming powerful. The flesh had melted and most of the form had been lost. This leads one to believe it had been there some time. The whale was approximately 8.5 meters in length and approximately 8 to 9 tons and it could be clearly seen to be a male.
In March 2016 a 10 metre long southern right whale has washed up on Melkbosstrand Beach which was a lot bigger and could have been the mother.
In August 2016 a whale appeared to show his gratitude to the SAWDN volunteers who freed him from entanglement in rope and fishing equipment consisting of floatation buoys which was cut, removed, and recovered off Cape Point. It was a sub-adult nine metre male Humpback whale. The incident happened about five nautical miles off-shore of Smitswinkel Bay in False Bay.
It is unknown as to what is killing the whales although fishing gear seems to feature highly it could also be the change in water temperature and the effluent and chemicals being pumped out to see. The introduction of nuclear reactors on the coast could also be responsible for changes in the water which result in the whales becoming disorientated or other injury leading to the cause of death.