Posted by: The ocean update | July 4, 2018

Fears for health of baby humpback whale beached on North Wollongong Beach (Australia)

Rescuers, including members of the public, try to help the baby whale. (ABC News : Nick Rheinberger)

July 4th, 2018 (Nick McLaren). Efforts are underway to re-float a beached whale at an Illawarra beach, with authorities concerned for its welfare.

The whale, believed to be a baby humpback, washed up on North Wollongong Beach on Thursday morning and was pushed back out from the shore before re-beaching itself.

Groups including ORRCA, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and local lifesavers are on the scene, helped by members of the public.

Michelle Toms from ORRCA said the whale was not in good shape.

“It’s not good, a healthy whale wouldn’t be displaying this behaviour, so it’s not good,” she said.

Council lifeguards and National Parks are waiting for a vet to make a further inspection.

An excavator was called in to move the whale after it ended up on rocks after it became beached for the second time.

“The National Parks made the decision to move the whale a bit further up the beach to keep it away from the rocks and any other people,” Ms Toms said.

She said authorities were unsure of the sex of the whale.

“We know it is very young, it’s probably a newborn calf, so without its mother we just have to wait and see what the vet says,” she said.

“Anything could have happened to it — it could have lost its mum, its mum could have died, or become separated or chased by a shark — [there are] a lot of unknowns.”

A decision will be made on what to do with the whale once it is assessed by the vet (Ed Sibylline : the only valuable decision is a care of this animal and NOT to save money, slaughtering it ! And the assessment by a vet should be the first step, before a refloating. A stranding is an emergency)

The whale was pushed back to sea but re-beached itself. (ABC News : Nick Rheinberger)

Authorities are concerned for the whale’s health. (ABC News : Nick Rheinberger)



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