A killer whale washed up on rocks above the Alaskan shore on Tuesday.
A group of people helped save the whale by spraying it with water until wildlife officials arrived.
Six hours after the orca was spotted ashore, the tide rose and she was able to swim out to sea.
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A killer whale stranded on steep rocks above the Alaskan shore Thursday was rescued after a group of people kept it cool with water until wildlife officials arrived.
The killer whale was seen ashore on Prince of Wales Island off the coast of British Columbia in the morning by people in a boat, Tara Neilson, who lives in the area, said Insider. His niece, Aroon Melane, who was in the area to visit his family, heard about the stranded whale and decided to go help.
Melane and her friends stepped in to help the whale before National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wildlife officials could arrive. The group used buckets to splash water on the whale, which had also been injured on the rock.
Melane posted a video of the experience on her TikTok, where she said the whale began to become more “alive” after being splashed with water.
The group in the boat dropped anchor and were able to use a hose to spray the whale with salt water, Chance Strickland, the captain of a private yacht, told The New York Times. In addition to keeping the whale cool, the water helped ward off other animals, such as birds, that might have started eating it otherwise.
“I don’t talk about whales a lot, but it didn’t sound too thrilled,” Strickland told The Times. “There were tears flowing from his eyes.
Authorities finally arrived and about six hours after the 20-foot-long whale was spotted, the tide rose enough to push back out to sea, a NOAA spokesperson told The Times.
Canadian officials have said the killer whale was a Bigg’s killer whale, according to the Times. Also known as West Coast Migrants, Bigg’s Killer Whales are known to hunt other marine mammals.
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