Experts say this is a very rare event, a humpback whale lost in a crocodile infested Australian river en route to Antarctica. While it is unclear how or why, exactly, the whale lost its way, scientists suspect it to be a “wrong turn”.
“As far as we know, this is the first time this has happened,” representatives of Kakadu National Park, where the river is located, wrote in a statement.
According to the statement, the situation began early last week, when three humpback whales entered the East Alligator River (which, despite its name, is actually home to mainly crocodiles), “a very unusual event”. is.
As of Thursday, two out of three whales managed to find their way from the river, but one remained. Now, park employees are working to help the last Strugler.
He elaborated in the statement, “We have placed an exclusion zone approximately 30 kilometers above the mouth of the East Alligator River.” The move is to save both the whale and the boat. “The last thing we want is a collision between a boat and a whale in the water where crocodiles are prevalent and visibility is zero under water,” he said. “We also do not want the boats to inadvertently force whales up the river.”
Despite being directly confused, the whale is reportedly in good spirits.
“The whale is not in trouble at this time, and it is not an emergency,” the statement said.
If the whale is unable to get out of the river soon, however, Kakadu’s staff are devising a range of tactics to help them do so. “These options range from minimal intervention as we continue to monitor whales, to actively intervene in an effort to support the animal to get out of the river,” said Kakadu’s head of country and culture section, Fake Moyle Told CNN. “The year’s highest tides will occur in just a few weeks, so there is a window of opportunity to be able to get out of the ocean.”