LAGUNA OJO DE LIEBRE, Mexico (NBC/PROFEPA HANDOUT VIA RTV) — Rescuers in Mexico helped a baby whale back into the water after it was stranded on a lagoon in Baja California Sur.
The gray whale calf had become separated from its mother, lost its way, and was dragged onto this lagoon.
Workers from Mexico’s Environmental Protection Agency, known as PROFEPA, were alerted and immediately headed out to the area.
Rescuers rolled the calf on the sand and then waited for the incoming tide before coaxing the baby whale back into the water.
PROFEPA said the baby whale was very disoriented, but once in the lagoon it headed toward deeper water.
It’s still uncertain whether the whale has been reunited with its mother.
So far this year, PROFEPA has managed to save three whale calves.