Fishermen Work for Hours to Rescue Killer Whale

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Fishermen aren't out to catch everything in the sea. A group of three Alaskan anglers spent close to four hours freeing a killer whale from some treacherous rocks.


Jason Vonick, a 42-year-old fisherman, spotted the needy animal while he was out preparing for the start of shrimp season with his partners Nick Segal and John Oakes. The group first noticed several killer whales attempting to hunt down seals near an inlet by the fishermen's boat. When the trio saw one of the females accidentally lodge herself in an outcropping of rocks, they knew they had to help. The men anchored their boat and set off on a smaller row boat to get closer.

"She never fought us," Vonick told GoodMorningAmerica.com. "She just sat there docile and calm the whole time and let us do what we needed to do. If we stopped petting her, she'd cry some more."


Comfort was the main treatment the fisherman could provided during their four-hour stay with the whale. Unfortunately, the orca became stuck during low tide, making it nearly impossible to move the animal until the water rose once more. While fishermen and fish waited, Vonick and his buddies did their best to keep the whale calm and covered in water.

Thankfully, tides have a habit of running on schedule, and the ocean water returned to cover the whale. After several hours of struggling, the orca still needed help. The female whale was coughing, out of breath and too weak to free herself from the rocks.

"At that point we stuck the oars under her pectoral fins and just tried to pry her off the rock," Vonick shared. "When we realized we could actually move her, we just grunted and groaned and used a lot of force and got her free."

Free from the rocks, the whale took a deep, relieved breath and swam off with her group, which was kind enough to wait for her through the ordeal. Vonick captured the entire encounter on his camera, and posted the footage to YouTube. While Vonick and his fellow fishermen are used to seeing whales during their travels, this is the first time they have had a "Free Willy" experience like this.

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mramirez258

guys what you did was so nice you took the real time from work to save a killer whale and put your lifes on the line god bless you trully if thir were more men like you in this world would be a place of heven thir no words you men are a class act thanks so very much

March 22 2014 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
rickytwist

great job guys

March 22 2014 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GUISEPPE DOTZABO

It is a terrible thing too keep these animals in captivity.when they are in their natural habitat, they
have thousands of square miles too roam and hunt ,it must drive them crazy , too be confined in a small pool

March 22 2014 at 6:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
armandsmith

surprised they didnt kill it like man does most everything else. Hope the Orca lives a long life before Seaworld captures it.

March 22 2014 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pj

No indication or video to show or prove any actual rescue, just splashing and talk.

November 19 2013 at 7:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joe

So great to see these guys helping. It's a great thing when we can help an unfortunate animal in need.

November 07 2013 at 11:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
megrace13

So glad to see it free!

November 07 2013 at 10:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Anna

Its so good to see compassion from others. Kudos to you kind and brave men. I wish I knew all of you, we would be great friends. Hugs !! Be safe during your shrimping season !!!

Anna in Michigan

November 07 2013 at 9:33 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
POM4POM

I don\'t know what they meant it got crazy real fast...there were no signs of crazy you would think that we would of saw just a little of that b4 he had to stop filming something tells me they never saved her that just wanted hits on site and attention whatever else that brings with it we should have seen some crazy since they NEVER showed her or on utube any part of the pushing leverage etc,

November 07 2013 at 9:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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What's Shakin T

PPfffffffffffft

November 07 2013 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gordonrobroy

whales-1 seals-0

November 07 2013 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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