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
  • 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
          • ZornMonday, February 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm
            That is the smartest thing and saddest thing i have ever seen
            • marshal mathersTuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:17 am
              really sad!!!
              • BeccaWednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                love it
                • BexyWednesday, February 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                  wow, insperational
                  • kWednesday, February 15, 2017 at 9:29 am
                    this is amazing thing on earth
                    • WILSONTuesday, February 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm
                      OMG