An attempt to rescue a beached juvenile humpback whale on the New South Wales mid north coast has been postponed.
Poor weather has prompted the skipper of a trawler to call off this morning’s planned operation at Sawtell.
The whale was meant to be dragged out to sea during the morning high tide after it became stranded early on Friday.
Vets and trained volunteers stayed with the animal all night monitoring it and keeping it wet after it became too dark to try to get it back out into the ocean last night.
Lawrence Ore from the National Parks and Wildlife service said the whale is still in a good enough condition to make another attempt tomorrow.
Surfers race to help a beached whale at Sawtell as the tide goes out. (Supplied: Kathryn Maxfield)
“We’re going to monitor the animal throughout the day and just make sure that we are able to provide the assistance that it needs,” he said
“Whatever decision that is made will be in the best interest of the animal.”
It is understood the animal is not injured and stands a good chance of re-joining its migration route.
Authorities believe the whale is young, and on its first migration. (Supplied: Kathryn Maxfield)