Posted by: The ocean update | July 23, 2015

Whale stranded on Gold Coast beach dies (Queensland, Australia)

A whale stranded at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast has died despite rescue attempts. Photo : Nicholas McElroy

A whale stranded at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast has died despite rescue attempts. Photo : Nicholas McElroy

July 23rd, 2015. A newborn humpback calf has died of natural causes on a southern Gold Coast beach shortly after a team of experts arrived to save it.

An assessment by an expert veterinarian determined the calf was in a poor condition when it became stranded just north of Currumbin Creek early on Thursday afternoon.

Surfers tried to save the whale, and a rescue team was dispatched to help those efforts.

“Sadly the calf died of natural causes shortly after the rescue team arrived,” officials¬†said in a statement.

Adult whales have been spotted breaching in the water near where the calf beached itself.

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