UPDATE - 23/08/12 3pm
A 10.2 metre young humpback whale beached north of Minnie Water will likely be euthanised late this afternoon.
The whale was reported beached yesterday afternoon and a small team of National Parks and Wildlife Service staff have been keeping an eye on the animal ever since.
Unfortunately the whale did not re-float during the overnight high tide and its condition continued to worsen throughout the morning.
By about noon today the hopes continued to fade for the mammal which was becoming more and more unresponsive and lethargic.
Due to its weight and its unresponsive condition, a rescue effort was not possible and the team continues to do everything they can to keep the whale as comfortable as possible.
By about 1pm today National Parks staff on site along with veterinary staff from the Coffs Harbour Pet Porpoise Pool made the decision to euthanise the animal at low tide this afternoon unless it showed drastic signs of improvement which was unlikely.
At low tide the team will administer a combination of drugs to the animal via a 60cm needle which will stop its heart, killing it quickly and humanely.
The carcass is expected to be buried nearby either tonight if time allows or tomorrow morning with the help of an excavator.
The team watching over the whale is unsure of what caused it to beach however marine vets on site believe the animal is showing signs of chronic illness which may explain the beaching.
A 10-METRE long juvenile humpback whale is beached at Minnie Water this afternoon.
A National Parks and Wildlife vet was on his way to the stranded animal at 5pm but a spokesman for the service said the prognosis for the animal was not good as the majority of stranded whales did not survive.
He said poor sea conditions were predicted to continue, further reducing the chances of a successful rescue.
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