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article imageBaby humpback whale mistakes buoy for mom, dies of starvation

By Laura Trowbridge     Aug 19, 2010 in World
A baby humpback whale became separated from its mother and was found in St Ives Bay, Cornwall trying to suckle a marker buoy.
The baby humpback was first caught in a winch line for a power cable "being laid as part of a new green power generating scheme called the Wave Hub."
A boat was sent out to free the whale and tow it away from the site and out to sea.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) began monitoring the lone whale on July 28 after it was seen swimming alongside a marker buoy in St Ives Bay, Cornwall.
Dave Jarvis, BDMLR coordinator for Cornwall, told Daily Mail: "It seemed to be attracted to the buoy as if it thought it was its mother.
"We went out every few hours in our boat to monitor it and noticed that the wave action on the buoy caused a sound a bit like a whale's blow when it exhales air and wondered if the baby thought that was another whale.
"It was nuzzling the buoy like it was trying to feed from it. It was very thin and lethargic."
The young humpback would not leave buoy's side, circling round and round until it finally starved to death.
The baby whale's dead body was spotted last Sunday before it washed ashore on Porthkidney beach on Tuesday.
Its 20 ft. carcass was cut into three pieces and taken away by earthmovers to be incinerated.
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