Beached Orca Card Saved in Dramatic Rescue
by ARTHUR MILANI
Published: February 2, 2019
Created by Jeremy Voss, Courtesy of Kanenori via Paxabay and Atomic Taco via Flickr
Madison Park residents rejoiced on Saturday after the successful rescue of an Orca Card that had been stranded on Madison Park North Beach.
Beachgoer Rachel Ulrich spotted the card partially buried in the sand last Friday morning, and within half an hour, a team of impassioned volunteers had quickly assembled to return the beached Orca Card to the ocean.
“When I saw that piece of blue plastic lying on the sand, my heart went out to the pod missing its baby,” Ulrich told The Fishwrapper. “They must have been worried sick! I knew I just had to do something!”
After 31 hours of work, the Orca Card was moved off of the shore and into the Sound. Members of the rescue team and bystanders opting to watch instead of help celebrated their immense accomplishment.
Governor Jay Inslee released a statement congratulating the rescue team the following day, in proud solidarity with NUMTOT activists everywhere. “We must do all we can to protect the orcas, like the one rescued from Madison Park North Beach, in order to preserve this integral part of Washington’s heritage,” the statement read.
“I knew I had to do something when I saw that majestic beauty marooned on the beach,” gushed volunteer rescuer Julia Parker. “It was hard, but we all pitched in to get it back home. Swim free, sweet Orca Card!”
Local marine biologists and oceanographers predict that the Orca Card will eventually join the rest of its plastic pod in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.