WHALE MUM FOUND, COLIN WAS A GIRL
"WILDLIFE experts will conduct DNA tests on a whale they believe may have been the mother of a lost calf nicknamed Colin, hours after the young whale was euthanased.
The Daily Telegraph reports the development came as National Parks and Wildlife head Sally Barnes revealed Colin was actually Colleen - a female humpback whale calf.
It is believed a whale carcass being eaten by sharks near Eden on the NSW South Coast may have been her mother, explaining why the young whale turned up alone and hungry in Pittwater on Sunday.
Ms Barnes also defended the NPWS handling of the calf's mercy killing, saying it gave her a “peaceful, respectful and dignified end”.
However, witnesses have disputed this account, saying the young whale thrashed and struggled until the very end."