Christian Herald dated August 16, 1986
Volunteers working to rescue 80 pilot whales stranded on a beach near
Augusta, Western Australia, were moved by the animals' loyalty to each
Time and time again those already steered out towards the safety of
the deep water returned to the shallows, drawn by the pitiful distress
cries from those still on the sands.
Hearing of the dilemma, people drove from far and near to take part
in the rescue operation. Throughout a bitterly cold night they kept the
whales alive by pouring buckets of water over them.
In the morning trucks arrived to carry the whales to a bay close at
hand. About 40 of the whales were herded out to sea by motorboats. To
the joy of onlookers, the rest followed of their own accord.
Reproduced with thanks.
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