An ordinary seal hunt in Hartley Bay, British Columbia, Canada, quickly turned into a matter of life and death for one of the orcas in the pod. One of the young girls made a choice that resulted in her becoming caught among some rocks. She was overwhelmed and yelled out in pain as her heavy body fell between the jagged rocks; she was afraid and perplexed, showing severe indications of stress.
Rescuers went to considerable efforts to attempt to console the trapped orca as soon as they found her. Everyone involved was traumatized by the experience because they were heartbroken to hear the gorgeous orca cry in agony.
The rescue operation was assisted by Hermann Meuter, a whale researcher and co-founder of the Cetacean Lab. They started dousing the orca with salt water and covering it with wet blankets right away. He was beginning to cool off.
Her breathing was heavy and quick when rescuers first came, but once they started covering her in salt water and moist blankets, she started to calm down.
“I believe she understood we were there to assist her.”
Many would have believed they could put a rope or harness around the orca and take it out to sea, but it would have been catastrophic because she was trapped between very jagged rocks. Thankfully, these folks were aware of what to do in order to rescue her.
She was only able to be kept calm by the rescue team’s frequent use of moist blankets, buckets of salt water, and comforting words. The only choice left was to wait for the tide to turn.