While surfing off the coast of Boca Barranca, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, a group of local heroes rescued a baby whale in distress. Shortly before dawn, Mauricio Camareno noticed what he described as a ‘black lump’ on the water’s surface. When the young whale started crying, Camareno started running.
He told news source Amelia Rueda, “She was very weak and could not keep afloat.” She had wandered nearly 50 meters from the Pacific ocean up a river. Camareno and his surfing partners struggled to carry the trapped whale closer to the ocean. When they returned to the mouth of the river, the poor whale was too exhausted to move. Camareno and his friends stayed with the tired baby for more than 6 hours. While they waited, the surfers tried contacting authorities at Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment and Energy as well as the Coast Guard.
They waited and waited, but help never arrived. Once the tides began to rise the surfers helped guide the little whale back home. After multiple attempts, the baby whale finally swam off and disappeared back into the deep blue, hopefully reuniting with her lost pod.