A group of orcas (killer whales) were rescued and placed back into water along the Argentine coast after the tide took them ashore.

The rescue effort began on Friday (August 24) and continued into the following day Saturday (August 25).

The mission was carried out by a group of workers representing the Argentine navy, the national Marine World Foundation, among other outfits including volunteers.

The whales made it onto the shores of popular beach towns including Mar de Ajo, Mar del Plata and Villa Gesell.

Orcas – or killer whales – are considered among the smartest of whales. They average in 19 feet in length, and weigh 8,000 pounds, according to SeaWorld.

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