Late Sunday afternoon, a baby sperm whale was found beached near Torrey Pines State Beach, about 10 miles north of San Diego.
An animal rescue team of over 20 people from Sea World, including trainers, veterinarians and a curator, responded and found that the whale was in good condition, reported Reuters.
The whale was about 18-feet-long, and weighed a massive 3,000 pounds, but the rescue team was just glad to see that it wasn’t sick or badly injured.
Recent research has shown that whales and dolphins are more likely to beach themselves if they are deaf or suffer from partial hearing loss.
Sea World spokesman David Koontz told Reuters “team members gave the whale, which had suffered scrapes and scratches from rocks at the shoreline, steroid and antibiotic injections and guided it back to sea.”
Click HERE to see a video of the baby whale being helped back to sea!
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