In a bizarre event, a humpback whale was found stuck on the Australian sea. In an attempt to rescue the mother whale, its calf was seen pushing the mother stranded on the sandbank. After struggling for over half an hour, the calf was able to nudge the mother into deeper water.
The incident took place near North Stradbroke Island, about 100km (62 miles) south-west of Brisbane, early on Wednesday morning. Officials from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) were the first one see the calf pushing the stranded mother into deeper waters.
Soon after seeing the sadistic moment, the rescue team came to the spot to see that both the mother and calf were free and swam back to the sea. Officials from QPWS told that tides and efforts of the calf helped mother set free before the rescue team arrived the spot.
“The whale was able to free itself and the adult and the calf were able to swim away,” a spokesperson for QPWS said, adding that they successfully helped the pair out through shallow waters to the open sea. “The mother was a bit tired and distressed”.
Whales come to Queensland coast at this time of year for giving birth to their babies and they breed them here until babies become large enough swim in Antarctic waters.
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. An adult can be 12–16 m (39–52 ft) long and weigh about 36,000 kg (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head.
Commenting on the incident, the Australian department of the Environment and Energy said that whales and dolphins constantly get stuck on the beach at this time every year as they come very close to the coastline. Stranding of aquatic animals has many reasons including the shape of coastline and panic.
Watch Video: Baby Calf helps stranded mother whale swim back into sea
Last month, an aquatic rescue group had liberated a humpback whale that was ensnared in angling gear on Cape Cod. (Read More). Over 1,000 whales and dolphins die every day around the globe due to fishing entanglement. In a similar incident last year, India’s national aquatic animal starved to death in Balasore district. Last week, a 47 foot long Blue whale that stranded for six hours on the Konkan Beach in Maharashtra was later rescued by the locals and pushed back into the sea.