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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  • alphadog
    alphadog4 months
    So adorable and cool🐳🐋
    • mattchien
      mattchien7 months
      NICE
      • mpt657
        mpt657about 1 year
        that was such a good job little whale.!!!
        • DOGSover 2 years
          thats AMAZING!
          • minajohnson
            minajohnsonalmost 3 years
            awwwwww! This is so sweet! Good job little whale!
            • squishie loverabout 3 years
              That is very cute but more sad so sorry whale.
              • imback
                imbackover 3 years
                SO CUTE!
                • Zachover 3 years
                  so cute
                  • cookie swirl calmost 4 years
                    so cool and adorible
                    • cookie swirl calmost 4 years
                      so cool and adorible