“It’s Getting Worse”: Dramatic moment when whale washes ashore before injuring himself on jagged rocks
- A whale washed ashore at Hat Heads on the NSW mid-north coast on Thursday
- The animal is reportedly not doing well after being injured against the rocks
- OORCA and Local National Park Rangers are currently monitoring the situation
- OORCA members are not allowed to enter the water due to the increased risk of sharks
A stranded whale was injured after being struck sharp rocks.
The sea animal washed up on the headland at Hat Heads, on the north-north coast of NSW, on Thursday afternoon.
The public saw the whale and contacted the Organization for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA).
Nature authorities are deeply concerned about a whale that hit sharp rocks on the north-north coast of NSW on Thursday
Representatives from ORRCA and Local National Park Rangers are currently on the site.
ORRCA Vice President Jools Farrell said they believe the animal is unwell, but members were unable to rate the severity of the animal’s injuries while monitoring the distances
“It’s waiting and waiting at this stage,” she said The Macleay Argus.
The animal has since drifted away from the rocks at Hat Head (pictured) and left for the sea where it is feared that it is not feeling well
Joshua Simpson, who visits the area, said the whale appeared to be deteriorating and the survival rate is not looking good.
“We’ve been watching it for the past hour or so and it’s getting worse and worse,” he told the ABC.
ORRCA said they will continue to monitor the situation from noon until tomorrow.
Dangerous swell conditions off the coast have hindered attempts to launch boats to take care of the animal, which is said to be a calf.
ORRCA will be out tomorrow to check on the whale as conditions ease.
Thousands of whales are currently migrating north along the east coast of the NSW before the mating season.