Friday, November 8, 2013
Alaska Fishermen Rescue Orca Whale
It's always heartening to run across a story of humans being kind to an animal in distress. In this case, three Alaskans, Jason Vonick and two friends, were out in a remote area of shoreline on their boat when they came across a pod of orca whales. They noticed that one of the smaller whales was stuck on some rocks and unable to move.
The easy course for the fishermen would have been to keep on going. Instead, they anchored their fishing boat and tried to help. They recorded some video of the event. The stranded whale remained calm and actually seemed to take comfort from the efforts of Vonick and his colleagues to keep her cool and reassure her. The other orca remained just a few feet away. They were not even a little aggressive. They seemed to understand that Vonick and his friends were there to help.
Finally, after four hours, the tide came in enough that the fishermen were able to use a pair of oars to lever the stranded whale free of the rocks.
It's a wonderful story, with a happy ending. I just wish the brand of kindness displayed by Jason Vonick and his two colleagues was the rule rather than exception.
Here is the link to the You Tube video shot by the fishermen.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrqcmDHY9xo