25 Jun '11, 2am

Tourists and villagers rescue whale

Tourists and villagers rescue whale

SEMPORNA, Sabah - Tourists and villagers rescued a whale after it got into shallow waters close to Sabah's famed Sipadan island. Quick-thinking and ingenuity by the rescuers helped float the stranded 3.5m rare pygmy sperm whale back into the Celebes Sea at the state's east coast. The whale resurfaced twice before disappearing into the blue ocean as tears of joy flowed freely among the tourists, tour operators and villagers at Pulau Mabul after the 25-minute rescue at about 9am on Wednesday. The mammal was first spotted at about 8am by chalet staff of Borneo Divers who informed staff of Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort as their boats were available. Scuba Junkie resort manager Carys Fox immediately launched the rescue with many of the tourists accompanying them to help save the whale. "It was like the whale knew that we were trying to save her. "She was flapping around in di...

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