Did you ever get lost as a child? Did it take minutes or hours for you to find home and / or your family again? Than you should be able to relate to this.
A 30 foot long juvenile humpback whale beached himself in Queensland, Australia. As this implies, the whale was not all that big, and not all that old. It’s not clear why this calf beached itself, but then again, scientists still aren’t sure why whales beach themselves in general.
After about a day of discovery and efforts from several volunteers, they were able to bring the whale back into deeper waters, back to his freedom.
Humpbacks were on the brink of extinction before a moratorium in hunting in 1966 helped bring populations back up. Today, we can thankfully say humpback whales have repopulated nicely at around 80,000, but they continue to be impacted by the human presence out in the open seas.