News

Baby whale beached on Fraser dies

The juvenile humpback whale is covered in towels as rescuers try to keep it alive.
The juvenile humpback whale is covered in towels as rescuers try to keep it alive. Dawn Boreham

THE beached baby whale on Fraser Island has died.

Wildlife experts and conservationists had been nursing the young humpback for almost two days, and had hoped that they could float him back into the ocean on a high tide.

The plan came unstuck when the animal was too exhausted to move.

The eight-metre juvenile became stuck on Tuesday during its migration north and it was believed it was herded in by a pack of sharks, which were circling the shallows on Wednesday morning.

 

Rescue team works to save whale

RESCUERS worked into the night to save a beached juvenile humpback whale on Fraser Island.

The 8.5 metre whale, believed to be on its first trip up the coast, was beached near Eli Creek late on Wednesday.

It had refloated but became beached again overnight.

Police, parks rangers, tourists, resort staff and vets from Maryborough and Seaworld were among the effort to keep the animal alive before Great Sandy Regional Manager Ross Belcher said the whale was in good condition.

He said it was relatively calm and remained active given the circumstances.

"We believe it was born last year and was making its first trip back up the coast," he said.

"Rangers have been at the scene since 6am, keeping the animal moist and providing shelter."

Eurong Beach Resort staff were the first to the scene yesterday morning at 3am and started bucketing water over the whale.

"At first we thought it had died, but when the water started splashing on it we heard it making a noise like crying," Dawn Boreham said.

"It was heart wrenching and we all had tears in our eyes."

Two front-end loaders were on site yesterday to dig a path back to the ocean.

Rangers hoped to send the whale back into the water during last night's high tide.

"As a result of the increase in whale numbers on the eastern Australia migration route, more strandings may occur from time to time," Mr Belcher said.

Topics:  animals, eli creek, fraser island, humpack whale, rescue




Approaching whales in Strait will cost you: EHP

The maximum penalty for intentionally moving too close to a whale is $20,113.50 or an on-the-spot fine of $609.

Migaloo and other white whales have special protection

ALDI build begins in Urangan

OPENING SOON: Aldi in Maryborough Street opens on Wednesday 3 August.

Jobseekers are urged to get their resumes ready for a new store.

No need to inform public about brumbies on Fraser: QPWS

A brumby on Fraser Island.

The spokeswoman said public did not need to be concerned.

Latest deals and offers

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles