When a group of local surfers in Boca Barranca, Costa Rica, were about to attack the waves, they spotted something out of the ordinary. Mauricio Camareno and his companions observed a “black bulge” in the mouth of a neighboring river around five o’clock in the morning.
A critter could be heard weeping from the site shortly after, so the surfers decided to check in. They quickly recognized it was a juvenile pilot whale that had become stranded some 150 feet downstream. The surfers dragged the unfortunate critter back into the open sea since she appeared to be too weary to swim back in.
“She was quite weak and couldn’t stay afloat,” Camareno explained to Amelia Rueda.
However, it is not all. Camareno and his buddies chose to stay with the whale calf until she regained her strength. It took approximately six hours. Throughout this time period, various residents came to observe what was happening. Several of them even contacted Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the Costa Rican Coast Guard. Regrettably, none of them replied.
“They told us that they had to follow a routine to see if the whale was infected with anything.” “MINAE claimed they would send a [veterinarian], but no one ever arrived throughout the entire time we were there,” Mauricio said.
As a result, the kind-hearted surfers decide to wait for the tide to rise, ensuring that the terrified calf returns to the deep waters. After six agonizing hours, the newborn whale’s misery ended as she dived back into the sea. All of this is possible because of these warriors!
Sadly, this is not the first time pilot whales have become stranded on a shore. A few years ago, an astonishing number of pilot whales (about 400) became stranded on a New Zealand beach. Authorities attempted to rescue them at the time, assisted by dozens of volunteers. You can watch the video here: