A calf pilot whale that was found early yesterday beached at the Sigatoka River mouth is believed to have reunited with its mother thanks to the locals who helped.
Sarafina Batimala, living in the area, was in for a surprise when he spotted the mammal on the beach.
He immediately took to Facebook to share his concern calling for help and adding “Don’t know how long it has been out here on the sand?
“Manage to push it to a pool of water but keeps coming back onshore! It looks like it doesn’t want to go into the deep!”
Friends arrived to assist the calf who they called ‘Bubu’.
Sigatoka Totoka, a Facebook page that documents happenings in the Sigatoka area posted the following: “Bubu, the baby pilot whale has swum back out to sea… and hopefully his mum is waiting for him just over the reef.
“The story started earlier today, when Sarafina Batimala discovered the baby, stranded on the beach at the Rivermouth. He quickly put the word out and friends came to help pull Bubu back into the water. On his first attempt to swim, he hit a lump of Coral and injured his nose. The Holland family of Vetoa called on SeaWorld in Queensland, for advice and the creature was safely held up in the water, covered with a wet towel, by a group of local guys… until the tide was high.
“Everyone was worried that Bubu wouldn’t make it. He seemed so tired. But then, he opened his eyes, let out a cry and made his swim back out across the reef.
“We feel sure Bubu’s mother was waiting for him, knowing her baby was in safe and caring Sigatokian hands. Vinakwa to all concerned in this heart-warming story.”
Another Facebook user Michael Maikeli Cagilaba Holland also posted about how they helped out and contacted Sea World of Gold Coast, Australia to inform them of their next move.
WHAT IS A PILOT WHALE:
Source: Whale World.com
Pilot Whales are dark black in color most of the time. Some of them are a dark gray. There are two species of the Pilot whale, but it is often very hard to tell them apart. One has a short fin while the other features one that is long. These whales are very large, and only the killer whale is bigger than they are.
You may not get to see the Pilot Whale as often as other species. This is because it tends to stick to the deeper waters. They have been praised for their extremely high level of intelligence. They are said to be very easy to train and they are also social creatures. They often form groups of more than 100 in them. They have been found from time to time in large groups on the beaches. It is believed this is due to an infestation of parasites that affects the brain’s ability to stay on course.
There is nowhere you won’t find a Pilot Whale. In fact, they are believed to be the most distributed whale in the world. They enjoy both the tropic and the temperate waters. Generally, you will find those with the shorter fins in the warmer waters.