A river in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park has been closed off after three Humpback Whales entered the waters.
Kakadu National Park said on Friday the three whales somehow got into the East Alligator River.
“As far as we’re aware, this is the first time this has happened,” Kakadu National Park said.
“Kakadu National Park staff are monitoring the situation and working with NT government authorities to gather data on this unusual event, an expert working group has been set up to monitor the whale and prepare plans for intervention if required.
“As of Thursday, it appears that only one whale remained in the river.”
An exclusion zone has been set up for the remaining whale. The park said the whale isn’t in distress and it’s not an emergency situation.
“The best case scenario is for the whale to make its way back out to sea,” the park said.
“Kakadu National Park and NT Government scientists will continue to monitor the whale in the coming days.
“We appreciate that this is a very unusual and exciting event, however, our priority at present is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors and the whale.”
On Facebook, people were amazed by the sight.
“I can't believe it. So amazing. These whales (are) so magnificent in many ways,” one man wrote.
Another man added the whale sighting is “crazy”.
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