Whale beached at Hungry Head

The humpback whale beached at Hungry Head south of Urunga overnight.
The humpback whale beached at Hungry Head south of Urunga overnight.

WALKERS near Hungry Head this morning were greeted by the terrible sight of a beached whale.

A juvenile humpback whale had beached itself overnight just north of the Headland.

Experts from the Pet Porpoise Pool arrived shortly after 10am and believe the young male had become entangled in a net or was caught in some strong fishing line.

Pet Porpoise Pool vet Duan March said that whale was already dead, possibly for two or three days by the time he was beached.

In the meantime sharks had fed on the carcass with large bites taken from the whale's tail section.

Mr March said it was not unusual to see a humpback whale stranded alone.

"Typically with humpbacks you don't get strandings en masse," Mr March said.

"Usually they're single strandings."

The vet added that the sight of an 11 metre gentle giant of the sea washed ashore is one that will be seen more often during the migration season.

"There's probably more (strandings) to come," he said.

"With the humpback population increasing you're going to get more if these during the migratory period which is May on the way north and November on the way back."

Topics:  beach humpback whale hungry head pet porpoise pool

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