Upon finding 15 pilot whales stranded on Playa Brava beach in the northern Chilean city of Iquique, some 300 volunteers, police and navy personnel worked for more than 9 hours to return them to the sea.
While three sadly did not survive, the rescuers were successful in releasing 12 into the open waters.
Meanwhile, in Formosa the previous week, a pod of 21 pygmy orcas was found on the beach near Hsinta Port in Kaohsiung County. Approximately 80 Coast Guard Administration personnel initially used boats to lead them back to the sea, with 15 later found washed back on shore and four who had tragically perished.
The surviving 11 whales were then transported directly by boat and released successfully in open waters. Although the exact cause of these events is unknown, experts have cited both seismic activity and climate change effects.
Some of the perished marine mammals have also been found to contain vast amounts of human-made debris in their stomachs. Our gratefulness all rescuers for your efforts in saving our stranded marine mammal friends.
Let us strive to protect the oceanic homes of the gentle whales and other marine species so that they may thrive in their natural habitats once more.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has often emphasized the importance of being good stewards of the ecosphere to safeguard the welfare of our fellow co-inhabitants, as during an international gathering in August 2008.