Baby humpback put down

QUEENSLAND Parks and Wildlife Service have made the heartbreaking decision to euthanise the humpback whale calf which was rescued at Surfers Paradise on Monday.

The Sea World Rescue team received a call this morning that a humpback whale calf had been located on Moreton Island.

The team immediately travelled by helicopter to Moreton Island and confirmed that it was the same calf that stranded on Surfers Paradise beach on Monday.

Sadly, due to the poor condition of the calf, the decision was made by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service that it was in the best interests of the calf to euthanise it.

Sea World Director of Marnie 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.

“It’s been a very sad morning for everyone involved in this operation who helped to give the young calf the best chance of survival by getting him into the ocean so he could have the best possible chance of being reunited with his mother.

“The Sea World team is deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank the public for their concern for the whale calf,” he said.