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Boaters Save Stranded Whale Pod—Twice

2018-08-17 16:31
A group of kayakers helped herd a pod of pilot whales out of the shallow waters of an Icelandic fjord on Aug. 12—and again on Aug. 13, as the whales inexplicably returned the next day. The pod of about 60 pilot whales—marine mammals, which can grow to over 20 feet long and weigh as much as three tons—got trapped in a fjord called Kolgrafarfjordur when the tide went out on Aug. About two dozen boaters from a local kayak tour business called Kontiki Kayaking paddled out among the whales, and as the tide started to rise again, gently herded the whales back out to the open ocean, Icelandic Monitor reported. It was no doubt a memorable day for the paddlers, interacting with the gentle but gigantic creatures in their own environment, and helping them get back to their natural home. Probably none of the paddlers thought they would be replaying the scene a day later.