Baby humpback to the rescue.

When a humpback whale was stranded on a sandbank in Queensland, Australia, her calf came to her rescue.

Whales are often in danger when they find themselves on shallow waters. What is referred to as cetacean stranding, that can cause the whale to be beached and die of dehydration.

Luckily this wasn’t the case for this large humpback.

The distressed whale was spotted beached in shallow waters near North Stradbroke Island, east of Brisbane on Friday (Oct 7) morning, local media reported.

Footage showed what appears to be the calf repeatedly nudging the mother in an attempt to dislodge her.

Local media reported the humpback managed to free herself at around 8.15 local time (2215 GMT) after being stuck for some 40 minutes.

Humpback whale: Photo: Reuters

The humpback whale along with other whale species, dolphins and porpoises often get stranded in shallow waters around the world. Some get dehydrated, distressed and die. Photo: Reuters

Migrating humpback whales are a common sight along Australia’s east coast between April and November each year, where they mate and give birth before heading to Antarctic waters, according to the Australian Government’s Environment website.

– Source: Reuters