Sperm whales are usually found in deep waters of the sea,
but one whale got itself stuck in the mudflat near the waters of east China's Zhejiang Province, and was discovered by the local fisherman Tuesday evening.
As the tide ebbed, the 20-meter-long whale was becoming dangerously dehydrated.
Local departments and fishermen quickly launched the rescue operation.
We dug puddles to collect water, and continually sprayed the whale with water to keep his skin cool and moist.
But the rescue attempt appeared to be difficult.
Rescuers tried to tow the whale out to the sea with a fishing boat, but failed because of its size and the low tide.
But they came up with another plan.
We tied the rope to the tail of the whale, and we also tied by to the rope.
So when the tide rises, we can tow the whale to the sea with the tugboat.
In the late evening, the rising tide finally covered the whale's body, and rescuers began towing it out to deep water with a tugboat.
After more than 20 hours efforts, the sperm whale was finally successfully released to the sea the next morning.
The cause of the stranding of the whale is still unclear.