Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stranded Humpback Dies under Mooloolaba Marina Pontoon

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Stranded Humpback Dies under Mooloolaba Marina Pontoon

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A SICK humpback whale that touched the hearts of people along the Sunshine Coast has finally died.

The 6.5m mammal was first seen off the Gold Coast a week ago and slowly swam north, reaching the Mudjimba area by Thursday.

On Friday it returned south and attracted a large crowd as it rubbed against the rock wall at the mouth of the Mooloolah River.

But as darkness fell on Friday night, the young whale swam quietly into the river and passed away overnight.

A spokesman for the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said the whale stranded itself within the Mooloolaba marina, where it died under a pontoon.

A vet from Seaworld inspected the animal late Friday but decided nothing could be done to save it.

He later took samples of skin and blubber from its carcass in an attempt to determine its cause of death.

"It had obviously been suffering for some time but he couldn't hazard a guess (to the cause of death)," a Seaworld spokesman said. …

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