Beached Whale in Australia Towed Back Out to Sea


A young humpback whale, who was estimated to be about a week old, was found stranded on a beach in Australia early Monday morning.  Many people came to his rescue by using heavy equipment to dig a channel and then waited for the tide to rush in.  They used a harness with ropes tethered to two jet skis to tow the whale into deeper waters.

The entire effort took about ten hours.  The youngster then became entangled in shark nets almost immediately after being towed into the sea.  It took another half hour to free him of the nets.  The rescue was a joint effort between Sea World, National Parks and Wildlife and the Gold Coast City Council lifeguards.

Scientists will monitor his progress to ensure the whale finds his mother.  At his tender age, the whale won’t survive for very long without his mother’s milk.

It is not known how this baby whale was separated from his mother, but blood work was taken to check for any medical condition that may explain it. Photos taken of a whale and calf swimming off the Gold Coast on Sunday will be compared to photos of the beached baby whale to determine if he is the same calf.

Have a look at some photos of the rescue and watch the video.

UPDATE: The baby humpback whale that was rescued from a beach in Australia on Monday was found to have beached himself again, this time at Moreton Island on Wednesday. The original team involved with the rescue attempt flew by helicopter and was able to confirm this was the same baby whale.

According to the Brisbane Times, the condition of this baby whale was quite poor and the decision was made to euthanize him.  A baby whale this young cannot survive in the wild without his mother for nourishment and protection, and to learn vital social and migratory behavior.

“The Sea World team is deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank the public for their concern for the whale calfî said Trevor Long, Sea World Director of Marine Sciences.  Sea World was one of the organizations that provided scientists to assist with Mondayís rescue attempt.

Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes to this beautiful little creature.

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Photo credit: Bunny & Norm Lenburg via flickr


Velmapearl Hawkins
Velma Hawkins6 years ago

Wonderful news to hear of any achievement in attempts to save an animal. This worked, i hope.

TERRY R6 years ago


Loo Samantha
Loo sam6 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Alicia N.
Alicia N6 years ago

I hope this story will have a happy ending

Will Rogers
Will R6 years ago

Very sad. And it beached itsel twice! which probably means that it's no accident. Maybe as a air breathing mammal it did not want to drown but was too weak (it needed food?) to swim.

Susan S.
Susan S6 years ago

Poor baby whale. May he rest in peace.

Denise C.
Denise C6 years ago

Good job for saving it the first time, how sad it had to be euthanized though..

Lyn V.
Lyn V6 years ago

The poor baby never made it. Thanks to all that tried to save it.

Pat Vee
Pat Vee6 years ago

We watched the first rescue,every one worked so hard,its sad what happened.

Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago

Sad story. Thanks Megan and Jan.