Seeing a struggling whale washed ashore is surprising, so when it happens it is understandable that people want to help the suffering animal. But experts say, while the scene may be difficult to watch, it's important to let nature take its course.
Some people were upset that it took so long to help the animal and that more wasn't done so save the whale. However, veterinarians and marine specialists say there is a reason the whale came to shore, and pushing it back into the ocean would only cause more suffering and could even spread disease and hurt other animals.
Although many people wanted to see more done, officials handled the situation correctly. As one marine biologist said, "You have an animal that's dying and you're trying to treat it as humanely as possible." As tough as it can be to watch, especially for young kids, this is the how nature works. Hopefully some good will come from the situation as tests conducting on the whale will help scientists reduce the chances of it happening in the future.