A group of humpback whales reportedly made a “wrong turn” and found themselves in a crocodile-infested river in Australia.
The giant mammals found themselves in the Eastern Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in northern Australia. In a statement issued on September 11, the National Park said three humpback whales had entered the river. “As far as we know, this is the first time this has happened,” officials said in a statement.
“Come on! # Humpback whales in # Kakadu National Park, # Australia! As far as I know, this is absolutely the first!”
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Kakadu National Park said there seemed to be only one whale in the river as of Sept. 10. Officials have set up an exclusion zone from the estuary up to 18.6 miles upstream for the safety of whales and people traveling by boat. “The last thing we want is a collision between a boat and a whale in waters where crocodiles predominate and visibility underwater is zero,” they said. “We also don’t want boats to inadvertently force whales up the river.”
Citing experts, the BBC reports that the whales “got confused” during the annual sea migration.
“Right now, the whale is not in trouble and it is not an emergency,” Kakadu National Park said. “The best case scenario is for the whale to return to the sea. Kakadu National Park and NT [Northern Territory] Government scientists will continue to observe the whale in the coming days. “
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According to the Northern Territory government, there are two main populations of humpback whales in Australian waters that migrate along the east and west coasts of the country.
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