Karikari Beach  [New Zealand, 2010]
 
It's August 20, 2010, and an entire pod of pilot whales is found stranded on Karikari Beach in New Zealand's Far North. Because it's mid-winter on a deserted beach, it takes as long as 12 hours before someone raises the alarm. By then 43 of the 58 whales are dead - ironically, they've drowned in the tide. Once on its side a beached whale cannot right itself, and will slowly drown as waves drive water into its blowhole. So the rescuers' first and most urgent job is carry the small whales clear of the high-water mark - and hold the big ones upright until lifting machinery arrives.