Calf beached at Burrum Heads
A HUMPBACK whale calf was noticed on Monday morning struggling to survive, beached on the north shore of the Burrum River.
The early morning discovery was reported to wildlife officials by local residents out for an early morning stroll.
Rescuers managed to get the calf back into deeper water, but it wasn’t long before circling sharks began to attack.
A spokesperson for a Queensland Parks and Wildlife service said it was distressing for the whale and the on lookers and they warned people to stay well clear as crews tried in vein to save the animal.
“For their own safety and the well-being of the whale members of the public were advised to avoid the area,” the spokesperson said.
Due to the injuries and deteriorated health of the calf and the presence of sharks, the calf was humanely euthanised and buried by authorities on site.
STRANDED WHALE: Rangers monitor a whale at Burrum Heads.