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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 14: Toa the orca swims around a makeshift enclosure at Plimmerton Boating Club on July 14, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. The stranded male orca calf was found caught in the rocks near Plimmerton, north of Wellington, on Sunday 11 July. People from Department of Conservation (DOC) and volunteers from the Orca Research Trust have been taking shifts to care for the calf since it separated from its pod, as the search for the killer whale's pod continues. The local Māori iwi (tribe), Ngāti Toa, have named the killer whale calf Toa, meaning 'brave' or 'strong'. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

A killer whale became stranded on rugged rocks above the shoreline in Alaska, but the kindness of strangers helped save it. The orca was spotted on Prince of Wales Island off the coast of British Columbia by people on a boat, according to Tara Neilson, who lives in the area.

Her niece, Aroon Melane, and friends decided to help the whale. They used buckets to splash the orca with water to keep it cool while they waited for wildlife officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and high tide to arrive. They also got a pump and a hose to spray it with water and say the whale was “more lively” after being sprayed.

Wildlife officials eventually arrived and took over and about six hours after the 20-foot whale was first spotted, the tide was high enough for it to swim back out to sea, according to a NOAA spokesperson.

You can read more and see the pictures here.

SOURCE: Insider