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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Hundreds Volunteer For Pilot Whale Rescue
From the Miami Herald
By CAMMY CLARK
KEY LARGO, Fla. -- Since the first plea for help came over a Florida Keys radio station, hundreds of volunteers have worked around the clock to save pilot whales that mysteriously stranded in shallow waters. The massive effort, now entering its third week, includes veterinarians, retirees, college kids, a paraplegic, two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Steve Lundquist and blockbuster film producer Jon Landau of "Titanic" and "Avatar" fame.
Some volunteers have worked shifts as long as 40 hours. Occupational therapist Brenda Ewer and her boyfriend, Brad Azar, postponed their "cruising" to the Bahamas on a trimaran to run a makeshift kitchen to feed the weary volunteers. "We're exhausted at the end of the day, but it is just amazing to connect with the whales," Ewer said. "And I've noticed that as much as the humans are helping the whales, the whales are helping the humans."