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Whale calf euthanized off Gold Coast

Posted Aug 10, 2011 by Vincent Sobotka
This morning, off the Gold Coast of Australia, an infant humpback whale's journey of rescue, which initially filled many with hope, came to a sad end.
Humpback calf
Humpback calf
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On Monday, spectators gathered at Surfer’s Paradise; a beachfront area on the Australian Gold Coast. The original scene, retching and tragic, transformed into joy after a collaborated effort. A beached whale had been moved from shore to sea by marine scientists and city council authorities.
Concerns were raised when the mother of the calf had not been spotted during a nearby search because a humpback calf feeds from its mother at least 40 times per-day. Without finding its mother, the newborn would not survive; neither would the whale survive further injury should it become beached again. “You can't keep pushing it out, the animal's going to suffer and suffer,” explained Trevor Long, Australian AP, “so the only decision then is that we probably have to euthanize it.” The humpback was tagged and experts intended to track the animal until it reunited with its mother.
Unfortunately, this morning, the humpback calf washed up outside of Brisbane, on the coast of Moreston Island. As predicted the more-than 1.5 ton (1500kg) mammal would not survive another transport back to the ocean. A team from the Sea World marine park arrived to euthanize the animal.