Provided by Chance Strickland and crew of M/V Steadfast/NOAA
Orca stranded on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Source: Captain Chance Strickland and M/V Steadfast crew through NOAA.
On Thursday morning, with the help of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and sailors who happened to be nearby, an orca stranded on the rocky beach of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska, was released.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spokesperson Julie Fair told CNN that, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the stranded killer whale was originally produced by a nearby ship named It was discovered on the rocks by the Steadfast vessel, which “authorized them to use sea water pumps to keep the whales moist and away from any birds.”
The crew stared at the whale until the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials and the Alaska Wildlife Force arrived.
“Sometimes during the stranding, the killer whale will make a sound, and other killer whales will be found nearby,” Fair said.
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According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with the arrival of the high tide on Thursday afternoon, the orcas finally floated again.The Canadian conservation organization Bay Cetology was able to determine that this is a The 13-year-old big killer whale they had previously monitored And identified as T146D.
Fair said that the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is checking photos and videos of the killer whale to determine if it is injured.This animal was stranded for less than a day 8.2 magnitude earthquake Hit the coast of Alaska, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does not believe this will cause the killer whale to strand.
A TikTok user named Aroon Melane Shared a video Shows that people helped keep the orcas moist before NOAA arrived, and said that once the tide returns, the whales can swim freely.
“We heard that there was a stranded killer whale, so we went to look for it. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration allows orcas to stay moist and protect them from animals before they arrive,” Merlin said in the video. . “We are working hard to get the hoses and pumps to work. At the same time, we use buckets to keep the orcas moist. After we watered it, the orcas started to become more lively.”
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People help stranded orcas.
She added that the killer whale was trapped for about six hours.
According to Bay Cetology, this is not the first time a big killer whale gets stuck on a rock.
“Our research on this particular topic published last year shows that in the past 20 years, all the killer whales that have stranded on the west coast of North America are of the Bigg ecotype. They have all survived and sometimes need a little help.” The protection organization said.
According to reports, transient killer whales hunt sea lions Alaska Department of Fish and Games. They often find themselves trapped in “hunting prey”, Bay Cetology research shows that Added that although human help is not always needed, it can usually save the lives of killer whales and their family bonds.
It is not clear how the orcas were stranded or whether they were hunting seals when they got stuck.