The Whale Rescue!!!

Trip Start Mar 31, 2004
Trip End Jul 14, 2005

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Thursday, June 2, 2005

Today has gone down in history as one of the most amazing days in our lifes so far! Today we helped to rescue 100 false killer whales that had beached themselves in Busselton. My Uncle Derek had left a message on our phone letting us know about what was happening so as soon as we heard we drove all the way back up to Busselton. It was an awesome sight as we walked onto that beach. All we could see were whales lying along the beach and a mass of people trying to save them. We headed straight for the volunteer tent, grabbed a wetsuit and picked a whale that looked in the most need of help. Thomas and I went to work on a 6 metre whale that must have weighed around 5 tonnes, we named him Jeffrey. We worked with around 8-10 other people to try and refloat the whale. After about 2 hours of digging sand from underneath him while trying to fit a hoist below him we finally got the whale off the sand. Then it was even harder as we had to stand in water over 1metre deep with a pretty big swell coming in and hold on to this whale to stop him from swimming away. The tail was thrashing and he was trying to dive below us to swim away but we had to keep a hold of him until all whales were ready to be released together. Releasing them individually would have resulted in chaos and confusion and no doubt whales rebeaching themselves. At one point the whale tried to swim and I got to ride on him fin for a couple of seconds which was kinda fun! Finally it was time to release the whales so we turned ours around so that he was facing out to sea and then we let go...we had saved him! Everyone was cheering and laughing, relieved that the rescue was successful. We all had to then splash around in the water and shout and wave our hands to stop the whales trying to come back into shore. Several boats were sent out to direct the whales back out to sea. When we finally got out of the water the sense of achievement was massive and we were all very proud about being involved in such an amazing feat. So here's to Jeffrey and all the other whales saved that day, may they all life happily ever after.
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