Dozens of volunteers help a pilot whale that washed up along a Nova Scotia beach back into sea in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia on Monday, January 1, 2018. The whale was first spotted by someone walking on the Rainbow Haven Beach in Cow Bay. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Marine Animal Response Society-Beverly Reid **MANDATORY CREDIT **

HALIFAX — Dozens of volunteers — including surfers, police, fisheries officials and passersby — raced to a Nova Scotia beach on New Year’s Day to help return a stranded pilot whale back to sea.
“The number of people that came out was great and everyone was willing to work together and give this animal its best chance,” Andrew Reid of the Marine Animal Response Society said Tuesday.
Reid said the whale, which could weigh between 1,500 to 2,000 kilograms, was first spotted at about 9 a.m. Monday on Rainbow Haven Beach in Cow Bay by someone out for a stroll.
The local resident sent Reid pictures of the animal — a male pilot whale that appeared to be in fairly good condition.
Reid headed to the area with his rescue gear, as a call went out on Facebook for people join in on the effort to remove the whale from the beach, which is …