An incredible orca rescue was carried out recently by Norwegian Orca Survey in a bay off of Brønnøysund, on the central coast of Norway. It is believed the animals were trapped in the bay for as long as nineteen days, but, fortunately, that is not the case anymore.

Before the operation, the team of rescuers spent a couple of days closely investigating the group of orcas. The rescue proved to be a big undertaking in which took part 30 boats, 16 kayaks, and more than 60 people! The ships followed the animals at a safe distance in order to help them find their way out of the bay.

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The cooperation and collective effort had wonderful results. After five hours, the orcas finally passed the shallow strait and swam out into the open waters.

As Norwegian Orca Survey wrote on their Facebook page, this fantastic operation not only enabled the team to rescue the lives of five orcas but was also “an incredible human experience.” The team also thanks the local community of the area for their support and for taking part in the efforts to save the orcas.

To learn more about Norwegian Orca Survey, click here.

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