Authorities kill stranded whale
WILDLIFE authorities killed a one-week-old humpback whale that was stranded on a Surfers Paradise beach on Monday after it was discovered on a Moreton Island beach yesterday.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service decided to euthanize it due to the poor condition of the calf.
Sea World director of marine sciences Trevor Long said that the calf would not be able to survive without its mother to provide food, protection and teach it vital social and migration behaviours.
Rescuers put the calf back in the water Monday hoping the mother would hear its call.
Sea World initially though the attempt was successful after spotting a mother with calf in the area Tuesday morning, and not finding a calf.