A group of humpback whales reportedly took a “wrong turn” and ended up in a crocodile-infested river in Australia.
The giant mammals ended up in the East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. In a statement released on 9/11, the National Park claimed that three humpback whales had entered the river. “As far as we know, this is the first time this has happened,” officials said in the statement.
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Kakadu National Park said that, as of September 10, it appeared that only one whale was left in the river. Officials have set up an exclusion zone from the river mouth 18.6 miles upstream for the safety of the whale and people traveling by boat. “The last thing we want is a collision between a boat and a whale in waters where crocodiles are prevalent and underwater visibility is zero,” they said. “Also, we don’t want the boats to inadvertently push the whale back up the river.”
Citing experts, the BBC reports that the whales “took a wrong turn” during an annual sea migration.
“The whale is not in danger at the moment and it is not an emergency situation,” Kakadu National Park said. “The best case scenario is that the whale returns to the sea. Kakadu National Park and NT [Northern Territory] Government scientists will continue to monitor the whale in the coming days. “
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There are two main populations of humpback whales in Australian waters that migrate along the country’s east and west coasts, according to the Northern Territory government.
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