People Are Awesome: Look at Hundreds of Volunteers Help Hydrate Beached Whales

When dozens of whales ended up stranded in New Zealand—twice—hundreds of volunteers came to their rescue.

When dozens of pilot whales got stranded on a beach in New Zealand last week, "droves" of volunteers and professionals from the Department of Conservation teamed up to help move the animals back into the ocean. But just days later, 65 of the whales had again beached themselves. This time, not only did hundreds more volunteers show up, they stayed with the whales, hydrating them for hours until the tide rose and the whales could move themselves back to sea.

Eventually, all 65 whales survived and made it back to the ocean.

photo via New Zealand Department of Conservation