After nearly 12 hours of work, Mexican Navy personnel with the help of hundreds of civilian volunteers, assisted a young grey whale so it could return to sea; the calf became beached on Friday at Punta Conejo Bay, near the port of Salina Cruz, Oaxaca.
The beached grey whale was first noticed by tourists and local fishermen who alerted the Mexican Navy. The Commander of the Twelfth Naval District, assigned to Salina Cruz, directed staff of the Marine Environment Protection and specialists in submarine tasks of the Mexican Marine Corps to mobilize in support of the community efforts to allow the whale’s return to sea. It was a two-year old calf, 9-meters long and weighing about 12 tons. The calf became stranded on Brazil Beach at Punta Conejo on Friday.
The whale’s rescue involved 40 men belonging to the Navy and approximately 150 civilians plus two small vessels and several land vehicles. While conducting the work to free the whale, damage was observed in its right flipper, apparently caused by the time the calf was lying on that side. After almost 12 hours of combined efforts by the Navy specialists, the local people and a propitious tide, the whale was re-floated and returned to sea.