Amazing video captured off the coast of Prince of Wales Island in Alaska shows two fishermen rescuing a stranded whale.
Jason Vonick and Nick Segal were fishing off the Southeastern Alaska coastline when they spotted a killer whale stranded on a tiny shoreline. It got stuck after it attempted to catch a seal.
Two other Orcas swam nearby, keeping an eye on their stuck friend. Both fishermen stayed by the whale's side, hoping to steer water away from her blowhole so she wouldn't drown. However, their efforts were quickly coming to waste as the water was slowly rising, and about to cover the whale's blowhole.
"You can see the terror in it," one fisherman tells the other in the video.
After comforting the scared whale, the camera suddenly cuts off. Why? According to fisherman Jason Vonick:
[A]t the end of the video[,] you can see when she started to drown and became very panicked. We had no time to video[,] we just had to act. Nick and myself grabbed the oars from the skiff and put them under her pectoral fins and used all our strength to pry her into deeper water (no easy task).
Thankfully, the quick action paid off, and the fishermen were able to use their boat oars and pry the whale off the rock and back into the deep water.
The whale knew it was being helped and didn't struggle with the fishermen, according to Jason Vonick. And once it was freed, it swam across the bay and met up with the two members of the pod.
The comments under the video have all been very supportive. "You guys are wonderful human beings. Most people would have carried on their way. Thank you so much for your effort. Sharing this everywhere," Lor Myers.
Video given with permission from Jason Vonick.