A Premiere Daily Highlight Story: Sometimes there are stories that are just too amazing and note-worthy to keep locked away. That’s why we scour the archives and bring some of them back to experience again. They may surprise you, make you smile, or even shed a tear, but they’re always meant to add a little extra to your day. This story is from July 2021.
Humans are probably one of the only species who can help out every other creature on this planet, but we’re also one that can pose a threat. In 2021, a beached killer whale got to experience a shining example of humanity. The event took place on an island in Alaska. Kind humans took turns keeping the creature until the tides rose enough for it to swim away.
The orca, 20ft in length, got itself beached on some rocks on the Prince of Wales Island coast. The creature was seemingly injured and was crying out for help via sounds most of us are familiar with. Fortunately, a ship was passing by and managed to spot the poor whale.
The Mighty Rescue
They got off their ship and started pumping water onto the creature so that its skin does not get dry. Onlookers also joined in the effort until the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) arrived at the scene. In the afternoon, as the tide rose once more, the whale managed to swim away to where it belonged.
Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the NOAA, had said that the whale did not dart away immediately. Rather, it had been meandering around for a bit until it decided to swim away.
M/V Steadfast was the ship to first spot the beached whale, as per reports by KTUU. The crew saw that it was 4-5 ft above the line of the tide. The pumping not only kept the whale wet but also kept pesky seabirds away from causing further harm.
Tara Nelson shared a picture of onlookers and bystanders using buckets to keep the whale wet. She remarked that her niece was there at the site when the event occurred. However, such an event was a first for her, leaving her to wonder if an earthquake was at fault.