On 12 March, three young pilot whales became trapped in a lagoon on the coast
of Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga. It is believed that they had followed three
adult whales into a lagoon, seeking shelter following an attack by sharks.
The three adult pilot whales stranded on the beach and did not survive.
However, for the past week the smaller, younger whales have been swimming freely
in a lagoon, which is surrounded by reef off the main Vava'u island.
Today, following many attempts to help the animals back to the open ocean,
the efforts succeeded.