Sunday, October 9, 2016

Stranded humpback whale gets helped to safety by her calf

PHOTO: The humpback whale calf nudged its mother to safety off the coast of Queensland.
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NORTH STRADBROKE, Australia: A humpback whale stranded on a sandbank in Queensland was helped to safety by her calf on Friday (Oct 7).

The distressed whale was spotted beached in shallow waters near North Stradbroke Island, east of Brisbane on Friday morning, local media reported.

Footage showed what appears to be the calf repeatedly nudging the mother in an attempt to dislodge her.



The calf repeatedly nudging the mother in an attempt to dislodge her.
PHOTO: The calf repeatedly nudging the mother in an attempt to dislodge her.
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Local media reported the humpback managed to free herself at around 8.15 local time (2215 GMT) after being stuck for some 40 minutes.

Migrating humpback whales are a common sight along Australia's east coast between April and November each year, where they mate and give birth before heading to Antarctic waters, according to the Australian Government's Environment website.



After circling her mother and pushing her from all sides, the calf managed to move her mother enough to help her escape.
PHOTO: The humpback managed to free herself at around 8.15 local time (2215 GMT) after being stuck for some 40 minutes. Rescue crews had been on the way to help the pair before they managed to swim off into deeper water.
'The calf is following behind the mother and both appear to be swimming on their own,' a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
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By Reuters, Sunday, 90October 2016



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