UPDATE @ 8.30am: A stranded humpback whale has managed to free herself from waters off north Stradbroke Island.
The mother whale became stranded on a sandbank shortly before 7.30am this morning, with her calf desperately attempting to push her back out to sea.
After an hour, the humpback freed herself and swam back into deeper water with her baby by her side.
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EARLIER @ 7.45am: A rescue operation is currently underway off north Stradbroke Island after two humpback whales became stranded.
Seaworld rescue crews have raced to the scene in an effort to free the mother whale and her calf.
It’s believed the mother is struggling in the shallow water with her calf is trying to push her out to sea.
— Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) October 6, 2016
— Julie Korner (@JulieKorner) October 6, 2016