Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lost baby humpback whale in Sydney

I wonder if you have read about the lost baby humpback whale in Sydney.

Link to The Australian.
Link to ABC News.

It is so sad just to read about how the baby whale hasn't feed for probably 4 days and was getting weaker, that it might not survive many more days, that it just couldn't get into contact with whales nearby or join them after it was lured back to the open sea, and to hear the news video on ABC News website says that "euthanasia is probably the kindest thing to do".


Denis Wilson said...

Hi Chai
Yes, it is sad to see. Apparently some baby whales have been "nursed" in large facilities in the USa, but we just don't have the equipment.
Poor little thing was nuzzling un under a yacht - obviously hoping it was its Mum.

Mosura said...

A sad story indeed. Interesting that the ABC story says it was most likely rejected. If that is the case then perhaps it has something wrong with it that we are not aware off.

Snail said...

It is such a poignant story. I've been trying to avoid it because I'm getting softer and more sentimental in my old age!

Tsun-Thai Chai said...

The thought that the mother might be sick or dead or that the baby might be sick makes it even sadder.

I really hope that there would be some miracle. Whatever that means.

Do whales have feelings or rather, could they feel sadness?

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Chai
Some ideas of trying to feed it are being considered.
Read this article
The media have given it a name - that's the way they operate, to get public sympathy. Its now "confused Colin". Not scientific, but if it gets the Politicians involved to provide funding, it might be worth it.

paula@wildlifedirect.org said...

Hi Chai, Nice blog, I'm glad I found it. I am so sad that this was the outcome and wrote about it on my blog http://baraza.wildlifedirect.org

Tsun-Thai Chai said...
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Tsun-Thai Chai said...

Hi Paula,

Thanks for popping by.

I read about it in the news today. I read that "even grown men were in tears" when the baby whale was euthanased.

The whole event from day one till now made me think a lot about our relationship with nature or others in nature. I just hope that the autopsy will tell us something useful and that they will soon tell us whether the whale carcass found actually was Colleen's mom.

And by reading the news about Colleen the last few days, I have understood more about humpback whales too.

Lona said...

Keep up the good work.