A group of hard-working rescuers in Canadahave saved a stranded killer whale they heardcrying for help in the distance.
The fortunate Orca apparently became stuck on some rocks just off the coast of British Columbia in Canada on Wednesday morning.
One man spotted the distressed whale, and he called a group, The Guardians from Hartley Bay, who traveled to the site to try and help.
Based on a social media post by Whale Point, the animal was lodged on the rocks for several hours.
The rescuers brought in a water pump to help keep the whale wet and also covered the mammal with damp sheets.
“It was a team effort, and fortunately on some level this transient orca understood that we were trying to help,” the post noted. “She cried often, which tore at our hearts.”
It took six hours, but the whale was finally freed when the tide rose enough, and the group shared an image of it back safely in the water.
The Facebook post continued: “As the tide came up there were many cheers as this whale was finally free.”
Hermann Meuter, a co-founder of Cetacean Lab, commented that this orca rescue was a long process.
“It took her about 45 minutes to negotiate how best to get off the rocks,” he told Canadian television “We all just kept our distance at that point.”
The young orca almost immediately reunited with her pod after she escaped off the rocks.