A group of local surfers in Boca Barranca, Costa Rica, were preparing to catch the waves when something unusual caught their attention. It was around 5 a.m. when Mauricio Camareno and his friends have spotted what looked like a “black lump” in the mouth of a nearby river.
Soon, a creature could be heard crying from the spot, so the surfers decided to check. They quickly realized it was a baby pilot whale trapped there, about 150 feet downstream. When the poor creature seemed too exhausted to swim back into the sea, the surfers brought her back to the open sea.
“She was frail and couldn’t carry on,” Camareno told Amelia Rueda.
But that’s not all. Since the whale calf was still unable to swim, Camareno and his friends decided to stay with her until she regained strength. It took about six hours.
During this time, several locals gathered to see what was going on. Some of them even called the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the Coast Guard. Unfortunately, none of them responded.
“They told us they had to follow a procedure to check the whale for any disease. MINAE said they were going to send a [veterinarian], but during the whole time we were there, no one showed up,” Mauricio said.
So the kind-hearted surfers decided to wait for the high tide to make sure the scared calf would find her way back into the deep water. Finally, after six long hours, the baby whale’s agony ended as it dived back into the sea. All thanks to these heroes!
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time pilot whales have been stranded on a beach. A few years ago, an impressive number (about 400) of pilot whales finally ran aground on a beach in New Zealand. Back then, authorities helped by dozens of volunteers tried to save them.