For one of the orcas in a pod in Hartley Bay, British Columbia, Canada, a routine seal hunt quickly transformed into a life-or-death emergency. One of the tiny girls made a decision that stranded her in a rocky enclave. As her heavy body lay between the rough rocks, she was afraid and disoriented, displaying major indications of stress; she was overwhelmed and yelled out in agony.
Rescuers went to considerable measures to console the trapped orca as soon as they located her. Hearing the gorgeous orca cry in anguish was a painful experience for everyone concerned.
The rescue was assisted by Hermann Meuter, a whale researcher and co-founder of the Cetacean Lab. They started covering the orca with wet blankets and dousing it with buckets of salt water right away. He was beginning to relax.
The rescue was assisted by Hermann Meuter, a whale researcher and founder of the Cetacean Lab. They started covering the orca in wet blankets and dousing it with buckets of salt water right away. He seemed to be settling down.
“I believe she was aware that we were there to assist her.”
Many people would have believed that tying a rope or harness around the orca and dragging it out to sea would be a life-saving maneuver, but she was stuck between extremely sharp rocks, so such action would have been lethal. These people, fortunately, knew precisely what they needed to do to save her.
All the rescuers could do was keep her calm, comfortable, and wrapped with wet blankets and buckets of salt water at all times. And there was nothing left to do but wait for the tide to come in.
For eight hours, the rescue crew worked tirelessly to ensure that this gorgeous marine creature lived. They managed to keep her alive by using hoses, buckets, and enormous damp blankets.