Calf beached at Bur­rum Heads

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

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.

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