Whales are some of the most incredible creatures out there. The massive mammals are enormous, but they’re somehow also graceful and majestic.
Unfortunately, many whales around the world end up beached every year. For whatever reason — health issues, trauma, injuries, water pollution — whales wind up stranded on the beach with no way to get back into the water.
Some beached whales are lucky enough to be found before it’s too late. If people find the gigantic sea creatures while they’re still alive, they can try to help them get back in the water.
Recently, people discovered a humpback whale stranded on a beach in Argentina. The whale was swimming around Mar del Tuyú, a resort town about 200 miles south of Buenos Aires. It got stuck on the beach and ended up being stranded for more than a day.
The whale was really weak, so it couldn’t get back into the water on its own. First, people tried using a crane to move the whale, but that didn’t work. Rescuers worked for 30 hours straight, but they weren’t having any luck.
Eventually, they put the whale into a special harness and attached it to a tugboat, which pulled the whale out into the water. Once the whale was deep enough, it swam out of the harness. Rescuers hope that the whale can regain its strength over the next few days.
Watch the video below to see the incredible people who rallied together to rescue this humpback whale!
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