When diver James Moskito arrived to help a drowning humpback whale off the coast of California, he was unsure if his team would be able to rescue her. Indeed, they tried to set the whale free for five hours. They’ll never forget the animal’s reaction to them, though.
The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Californi, has rescued injured and sick sea mammals for more than 40 years. The nonprofit organization treats the animals at its research hospital before releasing many of them back into the ocean.