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Humpback Rescued: Australia Whale Beached for 2 Days Swims Again

By    |   Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 04:13 PM

A juvenile humpback whale was rescued in Australia after two days of effort when rescuers finally succeeding in pulling the creature to deeper water after it washed up the Gold Coast.

Sea World in Gold Coast, Australia, one of the organizations active in saving the whale, posted photos on Facebook of the rescue and the care given to the whale after it was trapped on Palm Beach.

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Sunrise TV in Australia reported that rescuers tried five times to pull the whale out into deeper waters using a harness and Sea World I rescue vessel.

“We have seen so many exciting attempts that were so encouraging, it looked like the whale was getting out there, it was making its own efforts in swimming,” reported Kendall Gilding, who broke off mid-sentence in excitement as the fifth attempt being filmed live began to work. The television station filmed from a news helicopter, and the news team cheered as the whale made it past the waves and out into the deeper ocean.

Gilding and the other team members watching encouraged the whale on-air with exclamations of “Keep going” and “Keep heading north, little whale.” As it became clear the whale finally got out far enough to be safe, crowds along the shoreline to watch the rescue shouted in joy.

“Congratulations to all involved in the rescue of the juvenile Humpback Whale stranded at Palm Beach,” the Sea World post read. “Everyone did an amazing job and we are so proud of everyone's tireless efforts. A special thanks to the Sea World Rescue Team, QLD Parks & Wildlife Services, The Department of Environment & Heritage Protection, ORRCA Inc and the general public for the incredible support and assistance.”

That whale rescue was the second in a short period of time in Australia. The first whale became tangled in ropes on Byron Bay, south of Brisbane.



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