Stranded humpback whale rescued in China

Rescuers spend five hours returning the whale to the sea, according to media reports

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 3:54pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 November, 2017, 4:14pm

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 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.

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“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.