A baby beluga was found dead on a beach in Sydney’s south-east on Tuesday morning, the second of two that have been found in the same area in the past week.
Key points:Two baby belugas were found dead along the NSW coast on Tuesday, the state’s chief medical officer saysThe belugae were found in an area called Cairns Bay off the Darling Harbour coastlineMr Baird said it was not known whether the belugos were still alive or deadMr Baird also said the state would investigate whether the animals were in distress.
“This is a very sad event,” he said.
“It’s a very rare occurrence that involves an animal and we will conduct a full investigation into this.”
The two baby belugs were found along the north-east coast of NSW on Tuesday.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
“They were in very poor health, very sick,” Dr Barry Brown, the chief medical commissioner for the state of New South Wales, told the ABC.
“We have been told they were not alive when we first got in contact with them on Monday night.”
The situation we’re in right now is we don’t know how they got into the water.”‘
It’s just tragic’For the second time this week, a baby belu is believed to have died on the Darling River in the state.
In September, the New South Welsh government announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of a second beluga, this time found washed up on a nearby beach.
In August, the Government announced the discovery of another beluga near the coast, believed to be about 18 months old.ABC/AAP