Heartwarming video shows swimmers rescuing dwarf minke whale stranded in Australia


The dwarf minke whale has washed up on the beach in Hervey Bay, Australia.

A group of swimmers recently rescued a dwarf minke whale that washed up on a beach in Australia. According to Newsweek, the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service arrived at Hervey Bay Beach on May 20 to find the minke whale stranded and unable to move. After an initial assessment, wildlife officials determined that the whale appeared to be in “good condition”, after which swimmers, along with officials, brought the mammal back into deep waters.

A video, taken by snake catcher Drew Godfrey, shows rescuers pouring water on the animal to keep it moist. Lifeguards can also be seen guiding the whale out to sea with the rising tide.

Watch the video below:

In the clip, it can be seen that once the whale is successfully guided to deeper water, it suddenly begins to flap its tail, trying to swim in deeper water. Onlookers can be heard cheering as the whale becomes more alive.

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The marine mammal appears to disappear into the depths, however, moments later the whale becomes stuck in the shallows again. “Oh no, it’s coming back,” one person is heard saying in the video. But once the whale is stranded in the shallows and stops struggling in the water, rescuers attempt to bring it back to the depths again.

Rescuers pull the whale out and it starts wagging its tail to start swimming. Beachgoers can be heard cheering again in the clip as it becomes clear the whale is finally on its way back to the open ocean.

Talk to Newsweek, Drew Godfrey said the moment was “very emotional”. “It was a heartwarming moment of community spirit and animal rescue. It was wonderful to see,” Mr. Godfrey added.

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In the meantime, it must be mentioned that dwarf minke whales can be found in temperate and warmer waters in the southern hemisphere.

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