The race to save a whale calf stuck in a Western Isles harbour has ended in success.
The 14ft Minkie whale had been stuck in Leverburgh harbour since Monday and rescuers had faced a fight against time to save it.
For the past four days the calf had been circling the harbour unable to find a way out.
Volunteers battled to coax the whale back into the ocean as concerned locals looked on.
The calf is only thought to be a few months old and is still dependent on its mother.
Members of the rescue team took to kayaks and surf boards to try and move the calf through the 20ft narrow channel to safety.
It seemed like a lost cause but late on Thursday afternoon after a number of failed attempts the whale had indeed made it back to open water.
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