Anglers Come To Aid Of Stranded Orca

Here’s a feel-good story about some Alaska fishermen who helped a free a killer whale that was stuck on a rock in the shallow waters off Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska.

From Seattle television station King5’s report:

Two whales swam nearby keeping an eye on their stuck friend.

“They stayed be her side until she was freed,” the fishermen wrote on YouTube. “It was a little nerve wracking because we didn’t know if the other whales knew we were trying to help or if they thought we may be hurting it.”

With the water rising with the tide, Vonick and Segal were concerned that the whale might drown because it couldn’t keep its blowhole above water.

“When the tide came in she could not hold her head above water and started to drown and made terrible noises and began to panic. We immediately used the oars from our skiff to pry her off the rock into deep water.”

There are also a couple of dramatic videos on the King5 site of the killer whale’s plight and the guys who came to its aid.


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