08 Aug '11, 4am

Stranded Newborn Whale Calf Rescued in Australia

Stranded Newborn Whale Calf Rescued in Australia

Photo: NOAA Photo Library / cc When a newborn humpback whale calf washed ashore on a beach in Australia's Gold Coast early Monday morning, officials knew that time was of the essence to save the animal, and rescuers did not disappoint. Experts believe the infant whale, estimated to be just two weeks old, became stranded after losing contact with its mother. For hours, dozens of volunteers, and thousands of onlookers, flocked to the beach as rescuers raced to return the whale calf to sea -- and thanks to their efforts, the 1500kg baby now has a fighting chance at life. After the whale calf was discovered stranded on a beach at 1:00am (AEST) Monday morning, rescue personnel, including Sea World staffers and local lifeguards, sprung into action to return the fledging newborn to sea. While those ashore worked to keep the young whale's skin moist and cool, others patrolled the ...

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