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Three men help minke whale grounded in shallow waters off Port au Choix

Despite being in distress and approached by three human beings, a minke whale grounded in the shallow waters off Port au Choix recently remained calm. The men who helped it said it seemed as though the marine mammal knew it was being assisted. It was suspected the whale had chased a school of fish too close to the shoreline.
Despite being in distress and approached by three human beings, a minke whale grounded in the shallow waters off Port au Choix recently remained calm. The men who helped it said it seemed as though the marine mammal knew it was being assisted. It was suspected the whale had chased a school of fish too close to the shoreline.

Despite being in distress and approached by three human beings, a minke whale grounded in the shallow waters off Port au Choix recently remained calm.

Three men — Todd House, Mitch Hatch and Bjorn Kelly — braved the icy cold waters to help.

Thinking at first it was already dead, Kelly waded out to check and found the animal still breathing, but grounded in the shallow water.

They used pieces of lumber to try and move the whale or at least point it back out to sea. They were unable to move it and had to get out of the water before hypothermia set in, but the whale did eventually leave the area once the tide came back in and hasn’t been seen in the area since.

The men who helped it said it seemed as though the marine mammal knew it was being assisted. It was suspected the whale had chased a school of fish too close to the shoreline.

These three men — Todd House, Mitch Hatch and Bjorn Kelly — recently braved the icy cold waters off of Port au Choix to help a minke whale in distress. Thinking at first it was already dead, Kelly waded out to check and found the animal still breathing, but grounded in the shallow water. They used pieces of lumber to try and move the whale or at least point it back out to sea. They were unable to move it and had to get out of the water before hypothermia set in, but the whale did eventually leave the area once the tide came back in and hasn’t been seen in the area since.

 

***This story was edited 08-7-2017 to correctly identify Todd house as one of the men involved.

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