This poor orca became trapped on sharp rocks during low tide. A few locals heard the distressed animal call out for help and jumped into action to rescue her.
When members of Cetacea Lab received a call about a stranded orca stuck on some rocks at low tide, they immediately left to help the stranded animal.
Being trapped so close to the sea, it seems the best option would be to drag the animal over the rocks to the ocean; however, that would rip the whale’s skin and cause terrible damage, as Andrew Trites from UBC Marine Mammal Research Unit told CBC Television.
So the rescuers chose another way—they waited until high tide to free her, and in the meantime, protected the animal from the sun and dehydration.
“We decided the best thing to do would be to keep her cool, that meant to put water on her body and we used blankets and sheets,” said Hermann Meuter, a co-founder of Cetacea Lab.
The orca wasn’t trustful initially. “At first she was stressed, you could see that her breathing was getting a little faster,” said Meuter.
After they started to wet her down, the orca quickly calmed down. “I think she knew that we were there to help her,” Meuter recalled.
After eight hours of rescue efforts, the tide finally started to rise and the orca could be guided to the ocean.
“She cried often, which tore at our hearts, but as the tide came up there were many cheers as this whale was finally free,” the group wrote on Facebook.
“We all cared about this whale and we were just very lucky to give that whale another chance,” said Meuter.
Take a look at their rescue efforts in the video: