Dozens of volunteers came together to rescue a beached pilot whale in Nova Scotia on New Year’s Day - responding to calls for help spread via social media.
Nearly 100 locals braved the cold, wet day at Rainbow Haven Beach - a popular summer destination just outside of Dartmouth.
Volunteers included animal aid workers, firefighters, surfers, and others residents.
In a race against the clock as low-tide approached, the group heaved the whale back into the icy water, under the supervision of the Marine Animal Response Society [MARS].
MARS representative, Andrew Reid, told CTV it’s 'unusual' to find a pilot whale alone, and that they’re an 'extremely social species'.
After observing the whale's condition, he believed it best to 'refloat', in hopes of reconnecting the animal with his/her pod.
A paddle boarder and surfer stayed behind to watch over the whale.
The surfer, Todd King, followed the animal for quite some time - later taking to Facebook to share his experience.
He wrote: "There is no doubt in my mind that the whale knew we were there to help... He swam away with purpose so I’m hoping he did reconnect with his family."