Dramatic images show orca being nursed after getting stranded on rocks

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Dramatic Images Show Orca Being Nursed After Getting Stranded On Rocks


Low tide recently left a young orca beached on the jagged rocks of a channel in British Columbia and rescuers rushed to help her.

As simply pushing her back in the water may have resulted in injury, the efforts were focused on keeping her cool and hydrated until the tide rolled back in.

For hours, workers soaked sheets in the ocean and used them to cover her skin. One person fashioned a pump to help keep the whale's skin covered in water, but when it broke, the team took to using buckets of water.

Eventually the tide was high enough to allow her to reenter the waters.

Once free, she swam out to a pod of whales, believed to be her family, waiting nearby.

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