JERSEY COVE — There's been no sign of a fin whale that beached itself near Jersey Cove since it was last seen swimming out to open sea late Wednesday afternoon.
The young, 10-metre whale became stranded in the shallows of a cove Wednesday (Alive and whale! Rescuers save Jersey-shored fin whale) morning and remained there until it was freed by a team that included the Marine Animal Response Society and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
"There's been no more reports of the whale; I haven't heard a thing," said Andrew Reid, a co-ordinator with the response society.
"It would be pretty disappointing if he did show up onshore again, but it happens. Hopefully, this guy is staying offshore."
The team that freed the whale hoisted it from the shallows of the cove by sliding a mat under it and then attached pontoons, while dozens watched from points along Jersey Cove and nearby Englishtown.
A DFO vessel then towed the whale through the channel to the Atlantic Ocean where it was last seen swimming away.
While Reid hopes the whale does not return to Jersey Cove, if it did return that would indicate either an underlying illness or extensive damage caused when it beached.
"It is really tough to say if it would return right away or in a few days. If it did restrand, then that would be kind of an indication of something longer-term going on, or that it did suffer injuries during the stranding."
Sightings can be reported to the society by calling 1-866-567-6277.