Late last week, an injured Fin Whale washed up on the shore of Vella beach in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka. The 38-foot endangered Fin whale had become tangled in a fishing net and wound up in Dutch Bay.
The Sri Lankan Navy is tasked with coastal protection duty. They were the ones who noticed the whale struggling in shallow waters with injuries to its abdomen and fins. The navy personnel raced to the whale and pumped water into it to help it breathe and keep it afloat.
It took some 60 navy personnel to rescue the 38-foot mammal in an operation that lasted more than six hours. Photos of this incredible rescue are below.
They knew what to do in large part because the Sri Lankan Navy works with whale conservation organizations. They have even started offering whale watching cruises to help raise public awareness.
Fin whales are the second-largest species of whale and have a distinctive color pattern. They are usually found in groups of two-to-seven whales in the North Atlantic. Have a whale watching story of your own? We’d love to hear it!