An orca is the most docile and intelligent of mammals, despite its large appearance that often makes it the object of prejudice by people. Luckily, there will always be someone willing to help animals in distress. This young orca faced the worst experience of her life.
In Hartley Bay, British Columbia, Canada, one afternoon became the butt of torment for an innocent killer whale, who was hunting seals in the company of her pod. Due to carelessness, the killer whale ended up trapped between the sharp rocks that led it to find itself on the brink of losing its life. She didn’t know what to do and she was completely terrified so she started crying non-stop. As time passed, the orca began to stress and her crying became more and more intense as she could not bear the regret that was in her body caused by the rocks.
His lament could be heard in all the surroundings and very soon the news reached some rescuers. From the moment rescuers found out about the situation, they began to do everything to stop the orca from crying. It was George Fisher, a resident of the area, who received the alert through a radio call and decided to go to the organization Cetacean Lab. The organization’s co-founder, Herman Meuter, led the rescue. The priority, because he was in extreme panic, was to calm the orca, transmitting in some way that they only wanted to help.
To keep it moist and protected from the sun’s rays, a group of volunteers placed various presses on the killer whale, making sure to cover each part of its body and wet the garments with water that they carried in containers. Little by little, the orca was able to calm down. When the rescue had begun, her breathing was altered and as they doused her with salt water, in addition to covering her with clothing, she was able to breathe calmly. She understood that people were there to help her and she waited patiently, hoping to get back to her family.
“I think she knew we were there to help her,” Hermann noted. Rescuing her was so difficult because they could not tie a rope over her and simply pull her, since because of the edge of the rocks it would have been fatal. There was no choice but to keep her calm and wet until the tide rose again and released her. For more than eight hours, the volunteers continued to work, stacking buckets of water, and also using hoses to transport salt water. The mission was clear, to keep the animal alive.
After a long wait, the tide washed over the sharp rocks and that was enough for the killer whale to regain its freedom. When she was able to move again, the killer whale stayed close to her rescuers, seemed to be saying goodbye to them and letting them know that she was fine with two strong water ejections. In the distance, her family waited for the orca. Rescuers say they were always supervising the rescue and did not stop communicating. This is how the imposing orca was able to return to the sea, to continue enjoying her youth alongside her family.
Below you can see the video of how they rescue this young killer whale and help her stay alive: