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.
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