Beached whale in Australia – level 3

15-07-2014 15:00

A baby humpback whale that was stranded on a beach on Australia’s Gold Coast for two days has been freed in a dramatic rescue.

Staff from Sea World saved the creature after it became stuck on Palm Beach, south of Brisbane, on Tuesday.

Rescuers tried to free the baby whale, who weighs between 15 and 20 tonnes, after the tow rope repeatedly snapped, drawing in hundreds of onlookers.

Volunteers even put up tents to cover the whale for shade and kept it wet until they tried to free it again.

After five attempts, a special harness allowed a motorboat to pull the whale off the beach and back into the sea.

Despite the traumatic time for the little whale, Sea World staff is hopeful it will survive.

Difficult words: strand (to be stuck), creature (animal), tow rope (rope that pulls very heavy things), snap (to break), harness (set of straps which are put on an animal), traumatic (lots of problems).

Source: www.itn.co.uk

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