Twenty SeaWorld employees volunteered to push a young beached sperm whale back into the ocean yesterday.
The male whale was about 15 to 18 feet long and weighed 3,000 pounds!
That's like pushing a tractor trailer, but without wheels!
It was found on a beach in La Jolla, California, a small town north of San Diego, and was probably stranded because it became sick or got lost.
The volunteers pushed and guided the whale a quarter mile into the ocean before it swam off by itself.
The sperm whale was making normal noises and was energetic as they assisted it out to see, so SeaWorld volunteers were optimistic about its chances for survival, which is GREAT news!
Anyone who sees a stranded marine animal near San Diego should call (800) 541 – SEAL (7325) to notify SeaWorld.