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People Heroically Trying to Save Whales

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Every year, thousands of whales are stranded around the world, and this week saw yet another stranded whale die in Argentina, despite efforts to rescue it. It is not always clear why they become stranded, but noise, pollution, fishing nets, and climate change are all thought to be factors. The whales can often find themselves lost and trapped in shallow water and many die within a few hours if unaided. Despite the odds stacked against them, here some photos of people attempting to save these beautiful creatures:

This whale in Mar del Plata, Argentina died on April 9, 2018 despite efforts to rescue it. Diego Izquierdo/AFP/Getty Images This whale in Mar del Plata, Argentina died on April 9, 2018 despite efforts to rescue it. Marine biologists and members of the fire department rescue team tried to help a beached whale at Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2004. After 58 hours of attempts, the whale died. Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images Marine biologists and members of the fire department rescue team tried to help a beached whale at Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2004. After 58 hours of attempts, the whale died. The Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and environmental activists attempted to refloat nine stranded sperm whales in Aceh Besar in 2017. Four of the whales died. Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP/Getty Images The Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and environmental activists attempted to refloat nine stranded sperm whales in Aceh Besar in 2017. Four of the whales died. In 2006, a northern bottlenose whale swam down the River Thames after apparently getting lost. She was a long way from her home in the North Atlantic waters and died after a two-day rescue attempt failed. Gareth Davies/Getty Images In 2006, a northern bottlenose whale swam down the River Thames after apparently getting lost. She was a long way from her home in the North Atlantic waters and died after a two-day rescue attempt failed. People desperately trying to help a whale on Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua in 2014. Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images People desperately trying to help a whale on Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua in 2014. In 2005, volunteers helped to rescue around 100 false killer whales beached in Dolphin Bay near Busselton, Australia. Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images In 2005, volunteers helped to rescue around 100 false killer whales beached in Dolphin Bay near Busselton, Australia. A humpback whale which had become stranded in Qidong, Jiangsu Province of China, in 2017, eventually returned to the sea with the high tide. VCG via Getty Images A humpback whale which had become stranded in Qidong, Jiangsu Province of China, in 2017, eventually returned to the sea with the high tide.
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