It was a usual sunny summer Tuesday in Saint Simons, Georgia. People arrived to have quality time on the beach. A relaxing beach day soon turned into shocking discovery when more than 50 of whales were washed up into the shore. These whales were frantically splashing the water trying to get back to the sea. But, their effort was useless.
Not long after, everyone on the beach gathered up to the spot of the incident.
All the beachgoers hurried to rescue the whales. They gathered up and pushed the lighter ones to the sea. Some splashed water to the ones who were too heavy to go back in. Strangers quickly became friends working in a team to save lives. Adults, children everybody gave their best. They pushed one whale and then the other to their home.
Since the sun was too hot for whales to survive, people splashed water to keep them hydrated and cool until help arrived. One of the beachgoers contacted Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for help.
These whales are called pilot whales, and they can grow to 24 feet in length and weigh up to 6,600 pounds. And usually, no individual should encounter these whales without professional guidance. But, at that moment, it was “the right thing to do.”
“While stranding is a known natural occurrence, the only thing we can do is to continue pushing them out to sea,” Clay George, a senior wildlife expert with the DNR, said in a press release.
Unfortunately, three of the whales couldn’t make it and passed away at the spot while others got rescued.
They still couldn’t figure out why these whales were rushed to the shore. And DNR is keeping a close eye on the pod until they are sure of their safety.
This beautiful rescue was thankfully captured in a video. See for yourself.
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