Video Of The Week — Humpback Whale Calf Nudges Its Stranded Mom To Deeper Waters

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Photo Credit: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

In a reversal of roles, a humpback whale calf was recently seen nudging its stranded mother to safer, deeper waters off the east coast of Australia. The chain of events leading to the heartwarming rescue unfolded near North Stradbroke Island, 62 miles southwest of Brisbane, on Friday, October 7.

The adult humpback whale became inadvertently stuck on a sandbank after the tide went out. Luckily, she was accompanied by a caring offspring. A team of rescuers from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) sent to help the whales watched as the calf persistently nudged its mother towards deeper waters. It took about 40 minutes and some help from the incoming tide, but the determined baby whale succeeded without any human assistance. Shortly after, the distressed-looking adult and its savior swam away to safety.

Photo Credit: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

The QPWS rescuers are not sure how the adult managed to get stuck on the sandbar. However, it is not unusual to see humpbacks along the Queensland coast during this time of the year. The mammals come to give birth before heading off to spend the summer in the Antarctica with their newly-born calves swimming alongside.

Resources: us.whales.org,sciencealert.org

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598 Comments
  • DOGSThursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:35 am
    thats AMAZING!
    • minajohnson
      minajohnsonWednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4:15 pm
      awwwwww! This is so sweet! Good job little whale!
      • squishie loverTuesday, January 8, 2019 at 9:57 am
        That is very cute but more sad so sorry whale.
        • imback
          imbackThursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm
          SO CUTE!
          • ZachFriday, September 21, 2018 at 1:52 pm
            so cute
            • cookie swirl cThursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:31 am
              so cool and adorible
              • cookie swirl cThursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:31 am
                so cool and adorible
                • puggirl
                  puggirlWednesday, December 20, 2017 at 6:56 am
                  how sweet
                  • antFriday, December 1, 2017 at 6:44 am
                    cool
                    • BellaTuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:07 am
                      So sad 🍖🍖🍖🍖🍖🍖🍖