The humpback whale calf washed up on Patchs beach.
The humpback whale calf washed up on Patchs beach. The Northern Star

Rough seas claim life of newborn calf

A NEWBORN humpback whale became victim to Friday night's rough seas.

The calf became separated from its mother and was later found dead south of Patchs Beach, between Broadwater and South Ballina.

Australian Seabird Rescue's Rochelle Ferris said the calf still had its umbilical cord attached.

“It looked to be in good health,” Ms Ferris said.

“But Southern Cross University whale researcher Christine Fury said it was likely to have drowned when it was born.

“It had lacerations on its back from being tumbled on the rocks in the rough swell.”

Ms Ferris said SCU's whale research centre had taken DNA samples of the whale carcass before it was buried, to be used for research.



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