Rescuers race to save five pilot whales stranded on one,
The whale was first spotted swimming in shallow water off Isham on Monday night. By Tuesday morning, International Fund for Animal Welfare crews confirmed that five whales were stranded and that a young calf had died.
IFAW crew members tended to the live whales, covered them in blankets and gave them IV fluids to help with the “stress and shock” from being stranded, as they tried to swim the whales back to the water. were waiting for, IFAW Director of Marine Mammal Rescue and Research Brian Sharp said in a statement.
After a long day, the five surviving whales were released, but four made it back to shore. After this the rescue attempt was called off.
“One animal is now offshore, but the others haven’t followed,” IFAW coordinator Misty Niemeyer said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “We’ll keep an eye on them tomorrow and evaluate next steps.”
CBS Boston’s Mike Sullivan captured footage of the crew using shovels to simultaneously beat the water in an attempt to coax the pilot whale away from shore.
Niemeyer said the crew was forced to call it a day and continued their efforts on Wednesday after an exhausting day.
He added, “The team is exhausted. Large animals can be quite dangerous to work around, and it is for our health as well as the continued efforts of tomorrow that we need to say today.”
According to the IFAW, large mammals are able to survive out of water for several hours with the right amount of care and hydration. IFAW said pilot whales, a more offshore species, have historically been stranded on Cape Cod, although not on a frequent basis.