ON SEPTEMBER 1, The Resident reported on a baby pilot whale, which had become stranded on a beach in Nazaré (Central Portugal). It was unable to maintain its balance while in the water and fears were growing that it could potentially die.
A rescue operation was initiated with the help of the maritime police and the mammal was transported to the Quiaios rehabilitation centre nearby.
Since its rescue, the pilot whale has been monitored 24 hours a day by staff at the rehabilitation centre. Recent test results show that its health is improving and it is getting stronger. It no longer depends on a floatation device in the water to maintain its balance and it has begun to completely open its eyes.
The rehabilitation centre does not know when the pilot whale will be returned to the sea, as it first must make a full recovery, before being taught to find food on its own and be wary of humans.