Baby humpback killed by boat strike
A baby humpback whale was found dead by surfers at Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia on Sunday 26th October. It is believed the whale died after colliding with a boat's propeller.
"He had a pretty severe propeller injury down along the spine towards the tail fluke," said Dan Burns, a doctoral research student at Southern Cross University's Whale Research Centre.
At this time of year greater awareness is needed by mariners of the risks to mothers and calves as they migrate down the east coast and has led to calls of greater enforcement of the existing penalties.
Photo courtesy of Dan Burns, Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre.