Lonely Planet Writer

Minke whale saved by volunteers in New Zealand

An Antarctic minke whale was re-floated out to sea after stranding itself off the coast near Auckland in New Zealand.

A minke whale.
A minke whale. Image by Arvind Govindaraj / CC BY 2.0

The 8m-long whale is thought to have weighed around seven tons. A group of volunteers worked for about six hours to keep the whale alive until they were able to float it back out to sea with the high tide. Louisa Hawkes from Project Jonah told Radio New Zealand: “It’s quite a big whale so there wasn’t much we could do to move it physically, we had to wait until the water was around the whale and then we could nudge it.” Read more: news.sky.com