Whale rescue at Woodgate

Humpback whale calf euthanised

UPDATE: THE humpback whale calf stranded at Burrum Point has died.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson said due to its physical injuries, deteriorated health and the presence of sharks, the whale had been humanely euthanised and buried on site.

"As the humpback population increases we can expect to see an increase in the number of whale strandings," the spokesperson said.

Stranded whales or other stranded marine wildlife should be reported as soon as possible to the RSPCA on 1300 264 625 (1300 ANIMAL).

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UPDATE 2.30PM: A WOODGATE resident said the fate of a baby humpback whale was inevitable after witnessing it stranded on the shore of Burrum Point earlier this morning.

Evelyn Bell said she was walking along the beach when she was told by another local about the stranded humpback ahead.

"There were people already there trying to get it back into the water," she said.

"They said that it had injuries most probably caused by sharks."

Ms Bell said rescuers had managed to get the calf back into the water before sharks again began attacking.

"We could see the sharks attacking it in the water and then it managed to come back to shore," she said.

"I had to leave at that point because it was becoming too distressing."

Ms Bell said it was the first time she had seen a whale become beached in the area. Reports are currently circulating that the whale has since died.

The NewsMail is waitiing for confirmation from wildlife officers.

 

UPDATE 1.07PM: A QUEENSLAND Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson said crews were responding to a stranded humpback whale calf at Burrum Point on the north shore of the Burrum River near Woodgate.

"A local resident reported the humpback whale," the spokesperson said.

"For their own safety and the wellbeing of the whale members of the public are asked to avoid the area."

"As always, there is a danger of sharks in the water when whales strand."

Stranded whales or other stranded marine wildlife should be reported as soon as possible to the RSPCA on 1300 264 625 (1300 ANIMAL).

 

STRANDED WHALE: The rough position of a whale at Woodgate Beach near Burrum Point.
STRANDED WHALE: The rough position of a whale at Woodgate Beach near Burrum Point. contributed

 

 

 

UPDATE 11AM: ABOUT eight rangers are using an inflatable boat to keep an eye on a whale stranded at Woodgate Beach.

NewsMail photographer Mike Knott captured photos of what looks to be a five metre baby humpback.

Mr Knott said the whale was now about 20 metres from the shore with sharks waiting in the depths.

"A couple of sharks are after it," he said.

"Their fins have been popping up every now and then."

The whale is stranded south of Woodgate Beach, near Burrum River.

 

A baby humpback whale stranded at Woodgate.
A baby humpback whale stranded at Woodgate.

 

 

 

 

EARLIER: CHILDERS Police and Queensland Parks and Wildlife are currently on their way to a beached whale at Woodgate.

It is believed the whale is stranded on the beach at Northshore, near the Burrum River.

A spokesperson from the Woodgate Beach General Store confirmed knowledge of the stranded whale.

The species of the whale is unknown.

A NewsMail photographer is currently on route to the scene.

Photos and more information to come.


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