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Palm Beach humpback whale rescue

July 11, 2014

July 10.

Text and photos by Mic Smith

This young humpback has just been towed out of shallow water but is still in the shallows inside the surf break.

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The whale has been stranded for about 36 hours on Palm Beach, Gold Coast.

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A major rescue attempt has been running since the stranding, with excavators, tents to shield it from the sun, the Seaworld boat, ropes, harnesses and a rescue team. Numerous police have cordoned off  a large crowd to give the whale some space and reduce the stress of the intervention.

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It was emotional for the large crowd during the highs and lows of the rescue. At about 7am the whale seemed very weak and didn’t appear to be responding well to being dragged into deeper water.

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By 8.15, however, the whale was able to swim again and went straight out to sea.


  1. I heard the leader of the (Seaworld) rescue team interviewed & he claimed that this was only the 5th successful attempted to get a humpback whale back to sea… and all have taken place here Australia

    • Thanks for the comment. I would have thought that there would have been more than 5 other successful rescues. Have you got a link for that comment. I wonder where those other successful and unsuccessful rescues were?

  2. So touching to see how the whale made it back into deep water with the help of so many people…we saw a stranded whale (15 meters plus) on a Sri Lankan beach who was wounded and slowly died on the beach.It was heartbreaking to watch…

    • This was a much better outcome than the one in Sri Lanka, it must have been painful to be so powerless. They are so heavy and hard to move, I think the team did an awesome job 🙂

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