Two British surfers were out trying to catch some waves when they heard a unique sound. So, they decided to investigate—what happened next is inspiring.
Dave Butterton and Ben Rogers were paddling out to sea when a “strange noise” caught their ears, according to a post on the former’s Facebook page. As it turned out, the noise was coming from a stranded porpoise.
"We thought about just releasing her back into the channel but it is pretty inevitable that she would get stranded on the next low tide and the next until exhausted she would have passed away,” Butterton wrote on Facebook, indicating that finding dead porpoises in this area is fairly common.
And so, the intrepid surfers abandoned the wave search and turned into marine mammal rescuers. They wrapped the animal in dampened towels, loaded it into a vehicle, and transported it more than 130 miles to the nearest open water drop-off point.
Finally, Butterton wrote, "I was half expecting a Free Willy style leap into the moonlight as a farewell but never mind!"
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