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Humpback Whale Escapes Crocodile-Infested Waters In Australia Unharmed

After three humpback whales in Australia wandered into a river filled with crocodiles last week, the last one was able to finally swim free unscathed, park authorities announced on Monday.

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🐳 “Thanks, I’ve had a whale of a time! Bye! 🐋 A humpback whale lost in the waters of Kakadu's East Alligator River has safely left the park to hopefully continue its migration to Antarctica. The whale made its way out to sea on the high tides after spending 17 days in the river system about 20 km upstream. Experts believe it is the first time that humpbacks have entered the river, and they have been closely monitoring the whale since it and two others were discovered earlier this month. The other two had already made their way back out sea. It appears to be in good condition. "We’re so grateful to Kakadu’s traditional owners, national park staff and scientists from the NT and across the country, who have worked together to manage this very unusual situation for a good outcome," Kakadu National Park's Feach Moyle said. "This is the very best outcome we could have hoped for," said Northern Territory Government Senior Scientist Dr Carol Palmer. 📹 Scientists saw the humpback in the Van Diemen Gulf on Sunday. #kakaduwhale #humpback #kakadu #nationalpark #eastalligatorriver #lostwhale

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The whales found themselves in East Alligator River at Kakadu National Park and two were able to find their way out but one was stuck for an extra week. Manager of the park’s Country and Culture Section, Feach Moyle, said in a statement, “After monitoring the whale this weekend, we’re delighted to see it has made its way out of Kakadu’s East Alligator River and into Van Diemen Gulf.”

He continued to say, “The whale made its way out on the high tides of this weekend and we’re pleased it appeared to be in good condition and not suffering any ill effects.”

The national park also spoke to senior scientist, Dr. Carol Palmer, who spoke on the situation, calling it “great news.”

 

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“It’s been fantastic working with the staff at Kakadu as well as expert scientists to identify ways to assist the whale, but I’m very happy it has found its own way,” she said in the statement, “This is the very best outcome we could have hoped for.”

The park explained that the whale had gotten lost because he was confused while migrating and the park was worried about many dangerous factors in the river. The crocodile-infested waters, the possibility of the animal getting hit by a boat or getting pushed into the river.

But with the help of the park, the whales were able to make it out safely.

Moises Mendez II

Written by Moises Mendez II