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

By Meera Dolasia on October 24, 2016

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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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  • RileyTuesday, June 13, 2017 at 3:41 pm
    i know a lot now
    • valThursday, June 1, 2017 at 6:50 am
      that is so cute and adorable but also sad
      • pickle65993621
        pickle65993621Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 11:22 am
        That baby whale deserves a reward
        • LaceThursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:39 am
          This is so touching
          • LaceThursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:37 am
            This is so touching
            • bobobabyThursday, March 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm
              Oh my gosh that baby whale deserves a reward
              • TheRealUnKnownWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm
                OMG GUYS DATS SOOOO ADORABLE!!! PS I'M THE REAL UNKNOWN :)
                • narwalWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm
                  sad but cute
                  • YoYoWednesday, March 1, 2017 at 6:09 am
                    Soo awesome and sad at the same time!
                    • vollyballa
                      vollyballaMonday, February 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm
                      so amazing

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