Mexico's Navy Rescues Beached Whale

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A beached whale is rescued by the Mexican Navy in Manzanillo on Mexico's Pacific Coast. The whale suffered very little damage during its ordeal.

A one-year-old humpback whale that beached itself in Manzanillo on Mexico's Pacific Coast has been guided back into the ocean, the navy said on Monday (February 28).

The roughly 30-foot-long, six ton (13,000 pound) whale was found beached on Saturday evening by a fisherman on the beach "El Eden," south of Punta Campos.

A 100-person animal rescue team from Mexico's Navy including veterinarians and a curator, responded and found that the whale was in good condition but that it had injured its right flipper from lying on it for so many hours.

The navy gave the whale, which had also suffered scrapes and scratches from rocks at the shoreline, steroid and antibiotic injections and guided it back to sea.

The navy said the team was hoping that the young marine mammal would reunite with its mother or school of whales.

It wasn't clear why the whale had beached itself, although it might have done so after getting lost or separated from its mother or school of whales.