A tragic sight was spotted off the coast of British Columbia on Wednesday: a young orca whale, stranded on top of a jetty of jagged rocks, calling out for help.
The animal, though a juvenile, was unable to be moved and had already suffered bloody cuts. But a team of rescuers jumped to help in any way they could.
“It was so heartbreaking,” Janie Hermann of the environmental research group Whale Point, told the Vancouver Sun. “She was calling out from land. A transient call is quite mellow and has a sad tone to it, so listening to her — oh my gosh — that just goes right through your body and your heart."
Using duct tape, a pump and a hose, rescuers were able to drape the whale's body with wet towels, keeping it cool — and, most likely, saving its life.
Soon enough, the tide rose. According to one bystander, after a long and stressful incident that was almost catastrophic, she "took off like a bullet."