Rescue not enough to save whale

A group of people rush to the aid of a beached pilot whale on Wurtulla Beach.
A group of people rush to the aid of a beached pilot whale on Wurtulla Beach. Cade Mooney

HEARTBROKEN rescuers have had to euthanise a male pilot whale which beached at Wurtulla in South East Queensland on Thursday.

Nothing could be done to save the 3.2 metre male, according to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital spokeswoman Emma McCudden.

“The prognosis was not good when we got to him,” Ms McCudden said.

“He was very, very sick.”

Surfers found the distressed whale at beach 51 access on Wurley Drive about 5.30am.

The malnourished mammal was stabilised at the waters edge by the Australia Zoo rescue unit and the Wildlife Warriors.

Helpless onlookers watched on in amazement while others collected countless buckets of water to keep the whale hydrated.

Members of Australia Zoo’s Rescue Unit said they had been amazed at the efforts of the public to save the sick whale.

The pilot whale was taken from the beach about 10am back to Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Despite every effort, the decision was made to euthanise the pilot whale about 11am yesterday.


 After discovering the beached whale, a group of people helped keep him cool and wet with buckets of water.

He had no obvious injuries but was “very skinny”.

Australia Zoo and the Wildlife Hospital organised a van to transport the whale to a temporary home at Beerwah.

They were liaising with marine experts at Seaworld who were expected to arrive on the Sunshine Coast later today.

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