This whale needs to control Google Maps.
In what experts say is a very rare event, a humpback whale got lost in a crocodile-infected Australian river on its way to Antarctica. While it is unclear how or why, the whale exactly lost its way, the researchers suspect it took a “wrong turn”.
“As far as we know, this is the first time this has happened,” representatives of Kakadu National Park, where the river is located, wrote in a statement.
The situation began early last week when three humpback whales entered the East Alligator River (which, despite its name, is actually primarily home to crocodiles), “a very unusual event,”
By Thursday, two of the three whales had managed to find their way out of the river, but one was left. Now the park staff is working to help free the final stranglehold.
“We have set an exclusion zone from the mouth of the East Alligator River to a point approx. 30 km upstream, ”they detailed in the statement. The movement is to protect both whales and sailors. “The last thing we want is a collision between a boat and a whale in waters where crocodiles are widespread and visibility underwater is zero,” they said. “We also do not want boats to inadvertently force the whale further up the river.”
Despite being confused, the whale is reportedly in a good mood.
“The whale is not in distress at the moment and it is not an emergency,” the statement said.
If the whale is unable to get out of the river quickly, Kakadu’s staff put together a series of strategies to help it do so. “These opportunities range from minimal intervention as we continue to monitor the whale, to actively intervening to try to support the animal to move out of the river,” the head of the Kakadus Land and Culture Section, Feach Moyle, told CNN . “The highest tide of the year takes place in a couple of weeks, so there is a window of opportunity for it to go out to sea.”