Pod of Killer whales rescued after stranding in Australia05/07/2013 10:02:54 Killer whales swim free after rescue
July 2013. Five killer whales that stranded on sandbanks off the western side of Fraser Island, off Queensland in Australia, have swum free on the following high tide; sadly two more orca died on a separate beach nearby, believed to be a mother and calf.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Acting Regional Director Sunshine and Fraser Coast Peter Wright said the whales - 4 adults and a juvenile - were found stranded early in the morning at Sheridan Flats in Great Sandy Strait, near the southern tip of Fraser Island.
Four more orca waited at sea
Water and shade to keep them cool
"Weather conditions were difficult, with winds 20 to 25 knots. It was a great effort from all concerned to keep these whales in good condition. It is not known how long the whales were stranded, nor do we know why they stranded. The Humpback whale migration is currently at its peak, and we know killer whales follow the Humpbacks," Mr Wright said.