Wet blankets and cool water kept this orca alive and calm until the water level rose high enough that she could escape. The stranded orca was kept alive for eight hours before the tide came in.
In the video the orca appears unusually relaxed for an animal in danger. One volunteer told CBC News, "I think she knew that we were there to help her."
Thanks to these kind people she's safe in the water where she belongs.
This baby orca is one of four babies born to a Southern Resident orca pod after nearly a three year stretch of unsuccessful births. This happy calf was spotted jumping and playing with her family members in the Salish Sea. She's obviously happy to be alive and according to an interview with Global News some folks with the Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) are excited about it too.
Michael Harris, executive director of PWWA told Global News that this calf, named J50, seemed particularly overjoyed. Due to teeth marks seen on J50's back, researchers believe that other whales may have helped her along during her birth. Harris speculated on the reason the little whale kept jumping, saying that, "Maybe the other members of her family realize how precious she is, and how close she came to never making it into this world."
This image is one of many pictures of J50 breaching and playing with her family.
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The Village of Eastbound, Washington on Orcas Island has a 103-year-old whale running for honorary mayor. "Granny" as the killer whale is better known, has plenty of leadership experience. She is the leader of all pods of the Southern Resident Orca population, the only endangered species of killer whales.
Granny's competitors include one caique parrot and three canines. Votes cost $1 and all funds from the campaign and voting process will go to help support toddler and preschool programs at Orcas Island Children's House.