A video has captured the one-of-a-kind moment a humpback whale evidently seeks help from a group of kayakers after becoming entangled in a fishing rope.
The juvenile humpback whale swam over to a tour group of 18 kayakers at Double Island Point on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in Australia on Wednesday.
The footage shows the twenty-six-foot whale swimming over to the kayakers multiple times and rubbing against their boats, before one of them — tour operator Tyron van Santen — jumps in to help the marine mammal.
Video has captured the incredible moment a whale tried to communicate with a group of kayakers after becoming tangled in fishing rope (pictured).
Here is the video:
And here are the highlights:
The juvenile humpback whale swam up to a tour group of 18 kayakers (pictured) at Double Island Point on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Wednesday.
The humpback had a number of scars and wounds on its back (pictured).
The rescuers offered some details in the video’s description:
Yesterday on our kayak tour we had a juvenile Humpback whale approach the kayaks closer than we have ever seen before. The humpback was seen to have severe scaring and some small wounds.
For around 10 minutes the whale was rubbing against the kayak and was turning over to what seemed to be trying to show us something. We saw the whale had rope tangled around one of its flippers and was effecting its movements.
Calmly, Ty entered the water and was able to untangle the flipper but found that the rope led to the whales mouth where it seems to have swallowed the rope and possible some other material. We then paddled into the beach and immediately called local authority’s.
The video shows the twenty-six-foot whale swimming up to the group multiple times before tour operator Tyro van Santen (pictured) jumps in to help it.
After untangling the whale’s flipper, van Santen realized that it had swallowed the end of the rope and possibly some other material.
The rescuers wrote:
We are hoping this poor fellow can get the treatment it needs to swim and live freely again. We are still amazed by the whales ability to try to communicate with us for help.
The participants on tour said that this is the highlight of their travels in Australia so far and they hoped to hear of good news that the whale will survive.
The whale was monitored until Thursday, however it has not been seen since then.
Mr. van Santen informed the Department of Parks and Wildlife, who monitored the whale (pictured) until Thursday, however it has not been seen since then.
Mr. van Santen said he was “blown-away” at the whale’s ability to communicate it needed help.
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