These quick-thinking holidaymakers saved a pod of beached whales by swimming alongside them back out to sea.

The dramatic scenes took place on the Las Coloradas beach in the south of Lanzarote, one of the popular Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa.

Footage filmed by diver Natasha Maksymenko from the local Rubicon Diving Centre show the group of about ten short-finned pilot whales being washed up.

Maksymenko described the experience on social media saying: 'At the beginning people were too scared to go in the water, but later when they saw we were in the water they were encouraged and we saved them all.

'Personally, I am proud to have had the opportunity to do this and very emotional to have saved a baby pilot whale with my own hands, I will never forget the look on its face.'

Together, the people wade into the water and splash the small whales with water to keep them wet all the while trying to urge them to swim away from the shore


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