Posted by: The ocean update | September 7, 2016

Stranded humpback whale floats to freedom (Australia)

The humpback whale was stranded on a weed bank, but floated away with high tide on Wednesday morning. CheynesBeach/Facebook

The humpback whale was stranded on a weed bank, but floated away with high tide on Wednesday morning. CheynesBeach/Facebook

September 7th, 2016 (David Allan-Petale). A humpback whale that became stranded on a weed bank in western Australia has managed to free itself and swim back out to sea.

The whale was first spotted by locals from the Cheynes Beach Caravan park around 4pm on Tuesday afternoon.

They called wildlife officers who came to observe the creature – but had to leave it to nature (!!!) when night fell, hoping the incoming tide would allow it to lift itself off the weed bank and get to safety.

The whale had managed to turn itself toward the sea, away from the beach, but remained stuck fast.

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