Stranded humpback whale in Australia finally freed

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Sydney, Oct 7 (IANS) A humpback whale freed itself on Friday after spending hours stranded on an Australian beach.

The whale was stuck on a sandbar in the waters off Stradbroke Island in the east of Brisbane, Xinhua news reported.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife had received reports about a mother and calf stranded on Thursday night.

The whales had managed to free themselves but before long the mother was again stuck closer to the shore on Friday.

A video footage shot had showed the distressed calf swimming close to the shore, apparently trying to push the mother off.

A little after 8 a.m. here the mother managed to free itself, also.

A boat of the wildlife park trailed the whales to help herd them out to sea and away from shallow waters.

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