While Everyone Else Was Hungover, These People Came Together To Save A Whale's Life On New Year's Day

    "People just started rolling in."

    Dozens of people pitched in to save a beached whale in Nova Scotia after the animal was discovered on New Year's Day.

    While waiting for animal rescue workers to arrive, the small group tried to keep the whale as comfortable as possible.

    Meanwhile, word got out on social media about the beached whale, and the response was incredible.

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    "People just started rolling in," Yaschuk said.

    He estimated anywhere from 50 to 100 people were there on the front lines, with marine rescue workers directing the crowd. Another 100 or more were looking on eagerly from the sidelines.

    Together, the crowd dug a trench to help give the whale an easier path back to the water. But the tide seemed to be working against them, moving farther away from the whale as they worked.

    Eventually, they got the whale onto an inflatable raft, which let them drag the whale back to the water.

    "Everyone was just wanting to get this animal out in the water and hopefully to live."

    "This year is going to be an awesome year. What else can you put against this? It's just amazing."

    Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

    Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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