Posted by: The ocean update | May 25, 2016

Stranded whale helped to return to sea (Vietnam)

People and equipment are mobilised to dig sand and create hole that is big enough for the whale to be moved into the sea. – Photo nghean24h.vn

People and equipment are mobilised to dig sand and create hole that is big enough for the whale to be moved into the sea. – Photo nghean24h.vn

May 25th, 2016. NGHỆ AN — A whale that was stranded along Diễn Thịnh Commune’s coast in Diễn Châu District, central Nghệ An Province, since late last night was returned to the sea at noon today.

The whale, which was 16m long and weighed 15 tonnes, is said to be the largest that local residents have seen here.

Early this morning, locals reported the stranded whale, which was still alive, to the commune’s People’s Committee.

People and equipment were mobilised to dig sand and create a hole that was big enough for the whale to be moved into the sea.

By midday, the whale, which was wrapped with a net, was pulled by a coast guard boat and two local fishing boats into the sea.

The head of the district’s agriculture department, Lê Thế Hiếu, told online newspaper Vietnamnet.net that the boats would take the whale about ten nautical miles into the sea where the water is warm and deep.

In 2013 and 2014, two whales were stranded along the local coast but they died. Local residents buried and worship them.

A whale weighing up to 15 tonnes is stranded along the Nghệ An coast. – Photo baonghean.vn

A whale weighing up to 15 tonnes is stranded along the Nghệ An coast. – Photo baonghean.vn

Two excavators sent by local authorities dig the sand, opening the way for the whale to return to the sea. Photo : Tuoi Tre

Two excavators sent by local authorities dig the sand, opening the way for the whale to return to the sea. Photo : Tuoi Tre

A local fishing boat is seen trying to help the whale by pulling it into deeper water areas around 12:35 pm on May 25, 2016. Photo : Tuoi Tre

A local fishing boat is seen trying to help the whale by pulling it into deeper water areas around 12:35 pm on May 25, 2016. Photo : Tuoi Tre

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