It’s quite apparent that animals do a pretty good job at taking care of themselves. They don’t need humans to tell them how to find their food. They don’t need us to tell them to stay away from loud, moving objects. And they certainly don’t need us to tell them how to live. Sometimes, though, animals do need humans to step in to help get them out of a sticky situation. Luckily, there were humans there to help the day this young orca was trapped with nowhere to go.A baby orca was stranded on Andrew Rocks, which is located off the coast of British Columbia. It was low tide and things were getting very serious for the young orca.
The orca positioned herself in between the rocks, waiting for her family to send the seal her way. But, something went wrong, and as the tide went out, the orca found herself stuck.
As they were swimming in circles around the island, they could hear their young one calling out for help. But unfortunately, they were completely helpless.
It’s quite obvious that moving an animal as big as an orca isn’t an easy feat. Especially, when heavy machinery can’t be brought in to help.
One of the team members thought of a way to make a make-shift hose to bring water from the ocean up to where the orca was. With lots of duct tape and a rubber hose, they were able to successfully get it done.
As the sun was burning brighter, the team knew that they would have to hide the orca completely from its rays, or risk being severely burned. That’s when the rescue team removed their shirts, soaked them in water, and placed them all over the beached whale.
They sat there with the whale for eight incredible hours to ensure that the whale was staying wet. Talk about some amazing heroes!
The whale began to wiggle with each rise of the tide. Finally, she was able to break free and as she swam away, the orca could be heard calling out for her family, letting them know that she was okay!