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18-meter finback whale rescued off Mexico’s Isla Contoy

Isla Contoy, Q.R. — An 18-meter fin whale has been rescued after being found stranded off the coast of Isla Contoy.

The fin or finback whale, which is the second largest living mammal, was found at Faro Beach off Isla Contoy near Isla Mujeres. The mammal was spotted around 10:30 a.m. Thursday when it was seen struggling to free itself from the shallow water.

Members from la Secretaría de Marina de México left land at Faro Beach and headed out toward the whale in Isla Contoy National Park after officials from la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp) confirmed it was stranded.

Park ranger Captain Henry Medaron proceeded to carry out the supervision of the whale with the help of service providers on board the boat, Columba, while staff alerted other environmental agencies.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., four boats arrived with 20 people from the tourist company, Caribbean Connection, to help get the whale into deeper water.

The whale was secured with ropes around its belly and towed into a deep zone where it could swim out by itself toward the open sea. After 15 minutes of swimming the whale moved away from the Island.

The finback whale is on the global endangered species list.