Beach Visitors Flock To Hole In The Sand When Baby Pygmy Sperm Whale Gets Stranded

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

When you go to the beach, you expect a nice, relaxing day enjoying the surf and the sun.

But a few beachgoers got a little more than they bargained for when an unexpected visitor got stranded in the sand: a baby pygmy sperm whale, just a few feet long and a few weeks old.

Experts say it is unusual for a pygmy sperm whale to beach itself off the Pacific Coast.

The tiny calf was struggling in the sand when the people who saw her decided to help her in the best way they could. This meant keeping her in water. So they dug a hole and filled it with water to keep her wet and hydrated.

Rescuers arrived just in time, praising the civilians for doing exactly what was needed to be done to keep her alive.

They took over the situation and rushed her to a larger tank where she would be more comfortable.

She has since been in their care and under strict supervision. She is being monitored very closely and is being fed a cetacean baby milk formula every four hours

This little one is not out of the woods yet, but keepers and the public alike are hopeful for a swift recovery.

Please SHARE if you’re praying for this little one to get well soon, so she can go back to the sea where she belongs!

Footage provided by KSWB San Diego

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