Stranded humpback whale rescued in China
Rescuers spend five hours returning the whale to the sea, according to media reports
A humpback whale stranded on a beach in eastern China has been returned to the sea after a five-hour rescue mission, according to local media reports.
The whale was found on a beach in Qidong in Jiangsu province at about noon on Monday by a fisherman, news website Thepaper.cn reported on Tuesday.
Police were called and found the 7.5 metre-long whale to be covered in circle-shaped wounds, some of which were infected.
The area was condoned off and rescuers poured seawater onto the whale to keep it alive.
“Local fishermen told us the tide would rise at 4.30pm so we waited, while keeping it wet by pouring water on it,” a police officer was quoted as saying.
Rescuers were able to start moving the whale as the seawater rose around it.
It was eventually returned to the sea about 5.30pm, with a motorcycle helping to pull the animal.