Photos: Beached humpback whale rescue

Photos: Beached humpback whale rescue

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Sea World marine rescuer workers try to rescue a humpback whale beached at Palm Beach on Queensland's Gold Coast on July 9, 2014. Australian authorities struggled to rescue a beached baby whale Wednesday and were forced to suspend the operation as fading light hampered efforts to return it to sea. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HAMILTON (Photo credit should read PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 2:46 PM

QUEENSLAND, Au. -- Sea World rescuers and Australian authorities have work tirelessly to free a beached humpback whale calf, stranded in roughly 11 inches of water on a Gold Coast beach around the Palm Bay area on July 8, 2014. The team worked throughout the afternoon and into the night, and Sea World rescue staff is staying with the calf through the evening.

Authorities have said the calf is "in good condition," and are doing their best to minimize the whale's stress by keeping crowds to a minimum. The team is planning on resuming their work in the morning.

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