Four orcas, including a baby, became trapped amid ice floes in Russia's Sea of Okhotsk, sparking a challenging rescue mission.
RT reports it took a team from the Russian Emergencies Ministry about eight hours to save the animals, which are also called killer whales. The rescuers took boats out to meet the orcas and used hooks to push slabs of ice away from the giant creatures.
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Larger ice slabs, meanwhile, proved too big for the hooks, so the team used an on-shore vehicle and a long rope to tow the heavier ice floes out of the path of the whales.
Once the ice was cleared enough to create a way out to sea, rescue workers dove into the frigid waters themselves to help guild the whales to open waters and renewed freedom.
The biggest whale was nearly 23 feet (7 meters) long, according to RT. The footage below shows the predicament in which the whales found themselves.