By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 15 September 2014: Volunteers in Marsa El-Brega helped a beached whale find its way back into deeper . . .[restrict]waters recently. Photos showing up on Twitter Saturday showed at least 15 young Libyan men in the water with the whale, attempting to push it back out to sea.
According to the various tweets, local residents found the whale stuck in the shallow waters. Summoning others, they were able to assist the whale, which appears in the photos to be over eight metres long, back into the deep where it was able to swim away unharmed.
Several species of whales exist in the Mediterranean, although most are not commonly found in the southern waters. The finback whale (Balaenoptera physalis) is one of the most common found in the Mediterranean. It can grow up to 70 tonnes and is the second largest species of whale on earth. It is classified as an endangered species. [/restrict]