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."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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