Wednesday 22 November 2017

Two-week-old humpback whale rescued in Oz

The beached humpback calf is helped back into the water by rescuers from the Sea World and the Queensland Department of Parks and Wildlife on Surfers Paradise beach. The whale later began to swim by itself. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)
The beached humpback calf is helped back into the water by rescuers from the Sea World and the Queensland Department of Parks and Wildlife on Surfers Paradise beach. The whale later began to swim by itself. (AP Photo/Steve Holland)
The humpback whale calf waits while a hole is dug by rescuers (AP Photo/Steve Holland)
Rescuers prepare to move the whale calf from the beach (AP Photo/Steve Holland)

Independent.ie reporters

A two-week-old humpback whale that stranded itself on a Gold Coast beach has been rescued and guided back out to sea.



The baby whale was discovered at a Surfers Paradise beach in Australia.

According to local reports, the 1500 kilogram (3,307 lb) whale had become separated from its mother.

Rescuers dug a channel in the sand with excavation equipment and waited for the tide to come in, as thousands of onlookers gathered.

Several hours later they towed it back into the water by hand and with jet skis.

However, it then became tangled in a shark net, and remained trapped for a further 15 minutes before it was cut free.

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