Humpback whale Australia river, week after having entered the river.
It all began when three humpback whales entered East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park. They were spotted last Tuesday, a week after having entered the river, said a spokeswoman for the park, located in Australia’s Northern Territory.
The other two whales were thought to have left the area — but one whale appeared to have gotten stuck in the river, home to a large number of saltwater crocodiles.
“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,” said Feach Moyle, manager of the park’s Country and Culture Section, in a statement on Monday.
“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,” Moyle added, thanking authorities on state, local and indigenous levels for collaborating on “this very unusual situation.”
Dr. Carol Palmer, a senior scientist for the state government, called the whale’s escape “great news.”
“It’s been fantastic working with 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,” Palmer said in the park’s statement. “This is the very best outcome we could have hoped for.”