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.”