A baby humpback whale was saved from certain death this week after becoming stranded on a stretch coastline in Australia - all thanks to a group of strangers who refused to watch him perish.
Surfer Blair McDonald was among the first to come to the young animal's aid as he thrashed around in a panic on the rocky shore. McDonald was soon joined by other surfers and beachgoers who'd gathered to mount a rescue attempt, but first he knew he had to reassure the frightened baby that they were there to help.
"I was trying to give him a rub and talk to it to keep it calm," he told the Coffs Coast Advocate. "We knew we were short on time because the tide was coming out and it was getting shallower and shallower, and the whale kept getting itself more and more bogged and getting itself cut up."