These people in Nova Scotia did something really amazing on New Year’s Day. 2018 is already off to a great start!
On New Year’s Day, Ron Yaschuk was walking his dog on a Nova Scotia beach when he saw something unusual in the distance. As he got closer he realized that it was a beached whale.
The 2,000-kilogram pilot whale was in bad shape but it was still alive. Yaschuk didn’t know how long the whale had been on the sand but he saw that it was still moving its tail and breathing through its blow-hole. So he quickly called 911. He then called his son who soon showed up with two of his friends.
Yaschuk said they began pouring water on the whale and cleared his head of sand. And on the advice of the coordinator for the Marine Animal Response Society, Andrew Reid, they also covered the whale with blankets.
“After a while, the whale opened its one visible eye, and Yaschuk tried to communicate with it in order to offer some kind of reassurance.
“What do you say? You’re talking to it, and just hoping that it’s going to make it, and not knowing for sure if it would,” he said.”
In the meantime, word of the beached whale was spreading on social media. And the response was amazing.
Yaschuk said that “people just started rolling in.”
“He estimated anywhere from 50 to 100 people were there on the front lines, with marine rescue workers directing the crowd. Another 100 or more were looking on eagerly from the sidelines.
Together, the crowd dug a trench to help give the whale an easier path back to the water. But the tide seemed to be working against them, moving farther away from the whale as they worked.”
They were eventually able to get the whale onto a large inflatable raft which allowed them to drag it back to the water.
Yaschuk said that the whole process took several hours. But he said that it was an incredible way to start 2018.
“This year is going to be an awesome year,” he said. What else can you put against this? It’s just amazing.”