Canadian Fishermen Were Having A Normal Work Day When They Encountered A Strange Iceberg

Published on 12/23/2019
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The story you are about to read focuses on three fishermen who decided to do everything after discovering something on an iceberg. They had been working when they made the discovery of a lifetime. It put the goodness of their hearts to the test. Get ready because this is going to inspire you!

The Trio

Allan Russell, Cliff Russell, and Mallory Harrigan have been fishing together for some time. They like it so much that they made their hobby a business by buying a fishing boat and starting a fishing company.

The Trio

The Trio

One Boat

Sure, there were only three people and one boat. However, they liked what they did, which is what mattered. They were based in Canada, where there are lots of good fishing spots. They also knew what fish there were to be found and the kinds their clients liked buying.

One Boat

One Boat

Into The Unknown

However, it was always hard to figure out what the waters had in store whenever they went out to the sea. It was always going to be difficult, but what happened on that day completely blindsided them.

Into The Unknown

Into The Unknown

Fishing Lifestyle

Fishing is a rather taxing vocation. Fishermen have to wake up early in the day to get ready for work. It takes energy and time to catch fish out there. They did this daily, so it has become routine for them.

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Fishing Lifestyle

Built On Friendship

Fishing is not an easy job whatsoever. It can test the limits of their bonds if not done right. Luckily, they were able to keep going without sacrificing their friendship. It has only made them closer, in fact.

Built On Friendship

Built On Friendship

Job Duties

When they go about their jobs, they usually spend a long time in the rough seas. They have become used to getting bruises, bumps, and various injuries as well. While hard, they did have fun out there.

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Job Duties

Hard At Work

They did not complain about how hard things get on their fishing trips. They were not quitters! They felt motivated by the love they have for the job and each other. At least they have their friends for support!

Hard At Work

Hard At Work

Morning

It had been a clear day at the beginning of the story. They got together for yet another day at work. These crab fishermen are based in Labrador, Canada. As usual, they got up early to go to the harbor.

Morning

Morning

One Fine Day

They were oblivious that this day was about to change their lives. The trio had been busy prepping for the day at sea. Mallory felt good about that day, but she did not have a clue that it would be a big one.

One Fine Day

One Fine Day

Just Like Any Other Day

She woke up earlier than typical that morning. She went out to the boat to get the preparation started before her pals got there. She was motivated and cheerful about the trip when they finally arrived.

Just Like Any Other Day

Just Like Any Other Day

Lists

When they all got there, they began to check the items they needed. They had a list of items that they ticked off to ensure that everything was in order. Emergency tools were important in their line of work.

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Lists

Preparation

If they missed even a single thing on the list, they would have to spend more time than usual. It was pertinent that they go back to the dock to grab that object. This was why they always doublechecked!

Preparation

Preparation

Heading Out To The Sea

We will have you know that this is the easiest part of their job. It helps that they get to tell jokes and stories when they do it. While they have known each other for a while, they never run out of topics.

Heading Out

Heading Out

A New Day

Each morning, they talked like they had not seen one another in some time. This day was also full of chitchat and banter as they checked the list. Not once did they think they would be in danger that day.

A New Day

A New Day

The Calm Before The Storm

Perhaps it would not be wrong to call this the “calm” right before the storm. The water was in fine form that morning. They went to a good crabbing spot right off the coast, several miles away from the dock.

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The Calm Before The Storm

Dropping Their Baskets

When they arrived, they turned off their engine and stayed there. It was a good area to get crabs. They got the pots for the crabs and put them on the ocean floor. There was not much for them to do but wait.

Dropping Baskets

Dropping Baskets

Record-Breaking Year

They needed to wait for a bit so that the crustaceans can drag the cages on the floor. Ideally, the crabs would get in and out of the cages. It was almost the end of the crab season, but they had high hopes.

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Record-Breaking Year

Out Of Luck

In the past weeks, they had been very lucky in the area. They got to pull out crabs on their trips. While possible that they would run out of luck, they hoped that they could end the season with a bang.

Out Of Luck

Out Of Luck

Omen In Crabs

They split the load among the three of them with a person manning the boat and two people on the lines. It was important to avoid getting the lines tangled. They already knew this routine by heart!

Omen

Omen

Best Day

Now, the big reveal. What did they see after pulling out the cages? Well, they were shocked by what they saw. This was their best day thus far! They were happy as they saw the catch and repeated it.

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Best Day

A New Fishing Spot

They kept working as the day went on. It was a good thing that the crabs just kept coming. What a good day at work. They later wrapped it up to head off to a different area, somewhere icier than that one.

New Fishing Spot

New Fishing Spot

Dangerous Waters

When they got out that far into the water, it was difficult to even spot birds. While it looks calm and tranquil, there are many potential dangers in that area. Truly, do not judge a book by its cover.

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Dangerous Waters

One Wrong Turn

Icebergs are not strange sights in the Labrador Sea. This is the reason this is a dangerous area even for pro fishermen. If you are not careful, it might only take a single wrong turn or detail to meet your death.

One Wrong Turn

One Wrong Turn

Something Up Ahead

Allan had been assigned lookout duty at the time. This was when he saw the iceberg. He navigated them around the chunk of ice when something caught his attention. Something was odd about this iceberg.

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Something Up Ahead

Something Off

The sun had been shining hotly on that particular day. This made it difficult to look at the iceberg ahead of them. When Cliff and Mallory looked at what Allan saw, they agreed that it was indeed strange. Why?

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Something Off

The Iceberg Appears!

They got a bit closer to it, but it was still hard to see what the dark spot on the iceberg was. It was located on top of it, but they could not make out what it is. Mallory thought it was a seal sunning itself.

Iceberg

Iceberg

Taking A Closer Look

Cliff agreed with the theory Mallory put out. There was a chance that this was true since they commonly saw seals in that area. Allan did not buy it. He thought that this might not be the case this time.

Closer Look

Closer Look

What Could It Be?

He used his binoculars to get a better look at this animal. After doing so, he told them it did not seem like a seal at all. It did not look or move like one. Cliff and Mallory saw his point. What was happening?

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What Could It Be?

Getting Closer

They had plans to keep fishing that day. However, they would soon agree that it was important to check things out. Their curiosity got the better of them. It was getting chillier and windier at that point as well.

Getting Closer

Getting Closer

The Investigation

It would be risky for them to leave their current route. Still, Allan was successful in convincing them to at least check it out. This was a good thing. If he did not do this, they would not have learned the truth.

Investigation

Investigation

Approaching

The only thing for them to do was to find things out for themselves. Mallory and Cliff were not that bothered by it, but Allan changed their minds. With a decision made, they moved closer to the iceberg.

Approaching

Approaching

Chilling Temperatures

Soon, it became clear that the animal was truly not a seal. It had fur, and it was soaked through. The wind was picking up, so the creature was in danger. While unsure what it was, they decided to help it.

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Chilling Temperatures

Advance Slowly

They had to take it nice and slow. The icy waters were dangerous because it could cause their boat irreversible damage. It could capsize and then leave them stranded in that area as well, after all.

Careful

Careful

Constant Watch

With the waves rising, things got even more dangerous for them. Mallory asked them to be cautious. Curious and excited, they made their way to the iceberg. Two of them looked out for any lurking danger.

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Constant Watch

Rough Seas

The wind picked up. The strong waves and winds rocked the iceberg as well as the boat. While they could hold their own, they started to fear for the animal. Could it stay calm the entire time?

Rough

Rough

Ice Blocks

The ice blocks were not the only thing they were worried about. If the animal panicked, it might jump straight into the water! They had to get closer in order to come up with a plan they can pull off.

Ice Blocks

Ice Blocks

Pursuing A Piece Of Ice

The waves were climbing, and the winds were blowing hard. The iceberg was starting to drift away too. Of course, they got more worried about the situation. The animal was also packing back and forth.

Pursuing Ice

Pursuing Ice

Tricky Circumstances

They needed to stick close to the chunk of ice, so they had to speed up. It was going to make their navigation a bit harder. This dangerous situation became even riskier since it was getting darker!

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Tricky Circumstances

Getting A Glimpse

They moved closer to the ice block and got a clearer look at the animal. This creature had four legs and the appearance of a dog. Clearly, it was not a dog, however. There was no reason for one to be there.

Getting a Glimpse

Getting a Glimpse

Helpless

They saw the way that it was soaking wet and shivering. This made things even more urgent. The trio did not want the animal to freeze to its death. They decided to risk their life all for the safety of the animal!

Helpless

Helpless

Arctic Fox

As they moved closer to this iceberg, they were finally able to figure it out. They saw that it was an Arctic fox. They had more things to do than wonder how it got there since there were birds flying above it.

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Arctic Fox

Not A Family Pet

The fox was approaching death in no time at all. Luckily, it did not take them a long time to make up their minds about going to rescue it. They put their work aside to help it out. It was the right thing to do!

Not A Pet

Not A Pet

A Bold Rescue Attempt

The fox was not just wet and freezing, but it was also running out of time. They needed to find a way to help it out. However, they were not sure if the animal was going to give them its trust. Would it?

Bold Attempt

Bold Attempt

Good Intentions

It was hard to tell how it would react. They had no clue if it was used to humans already. Many wild animals acted out when they feel trapped. They had good intentions, but the fox might not understand.

Good Intentions

Good Intentions

A Wild Fox

They had to go and try taming it. They put out their hands and used a soft voice to speak to it. The trio called out to the fox. After all, this method would have worked on a trained and tame animal.

Wild Fox

Wild Fox

Getting Away

They soon found out the difference between a tame house pet and a wild fox. It did not come to them but only tried to escape. It had nowhere to go, so it was trapped there. It only stared at the fishermen.

Getting Away

Getting Away

A Waiting Game

They did not manage to lure it in the first couple of times. The animal clearly had its boundaries, so they had no choice but to stay patient with it. They decided to just settle in there and wait in the meantime.

Waiting Game

Waiting Game

Progress

They all agreed that they should rest first. The trio left their boat right beside this iceberg. Some time later, the fox finally approached the boat. It must have realized that it was the only chance to escape.

Progress

Progress

The Rescue

The fox approached them warily. It seemed like it was not strong enough to make it to the boat on its own just yet. This was why Allan helped it get onto the boat. Finally, they were seeing some progress.

The Rescue

The Rescue

Back In The Water

The boat was safer than the iceberg, but the animal panicked and then jumped right into the water. The fishermen watched it swim and try to go back to the iceberg. They followed it until it got too tired.

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Back In The Water

Back Into The Boat

After that, Allan picked up the fox again and returned it to the boat. The animal was still scared and scooted away from them. Was this animal ever going to give them the trust they were hoping for?

Back Into The Boat

Back Into The Boat

Unanswered Questions

The cold and the wind ruffled its wet fur. Cliff and Allan had towels ready to help it dry up, but they were scared that it would bite. How could they earn its trust? They had the purest intentions in their hearts!

Into the Water

Unanswered Questions

Saving A Fox

They did not want it to die, so it was important for them to help it get warm. Mallory was the one on the steering wheel at the time. Sadly, they still had a long distance to cross before they could dock the boat.

Saving a Fox

Saving a Fox

Time Is Of The Essence

At that moment, the fox was still in danger. Both Cliff and Allan kept an eye on the animal, waiting for the right moment to pat it dry. They watched it some more and wondered what they could do for it.

Time Is Of The Essence

Time Is Of The Essence

A Warm Bed

Mallory had a great idea on how to keep it warm. She made the suggestion to create a nest of sorts for the poor fox. They had sawdust, which should work. They put it in a new bed for the fox. It worked!

A Warm Bed

A Warm Bed

Trying To Keep Warm

They took the sawdust and put it in the plastic bin. Hopefully, this fox would stay there to stay warm and safe. The crew was thrilled to see the fox do that. They also brought it to the warmest area of the boat.

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Trying To Keep Warm

The Fox’s Bed

But let us hear how they convinced the fox to enter the bin. Allan was the one who the animal seemed to trust the most. It was true. He was able to just pick up the fox and then deliver the animal to the bin.

Fox's Bed

Fox’s Bed

Racing Back To Shore

It continued to sleep, and they got to take a breather as they drove back home. They were glad that the animal was alive and dry at that point. They had to take more care of it when they docked, however.

Racing Back To Shore

Racing Back To Shore

An Adjusted Course

There were about 30 minutes left when Cliff changed with Mallory for control of the wheel. He had a better route in mind to get there earlier. After all, they knew that it was better for the fox to land earlier.

Adjusted Course

Adjusted Course

Terrified & Tired

Suddenly, a big wave hit them and woke the fox up. It was easy to see how scared and tired the animal was. They tried feeding it to calm it down. They saw how weak it was and hoped to make it feel better.

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Terrified & Tired

Success

They were able to make it feel safe and warm with the makeshift bed they made. Mallory also brought it fish and crab from their catch. However, the fox was not a fan of seafood. What could it possibly eat?

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Success

No Crabs, Please!

Mallory went to the galley to get the food that the crew ate when they got hungry. She took Vienna sausages, placed them in water, and handed the pieces to the fox. It worked! The fox finished them all.

Sausages

Sausages

Safe Return

After the fox was done eating, it went right back to sleep. It did not wake up again until they reached the shore. It was woken up by the noise, but Mallory tried to calm it down. She spoke to it as they docked.

Safe Return

Safe Return

Calming Words

She did not leave its side and spoke to the fox. While the fox would not understand the words, Mallory hoped that the calm tone would come through. She only had to do this until they finished docking.

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Calming Words

A Home For The Fox

After this, they needed to think of the next steps. It was warm and dry by that point. It was done eating food as well. It meant that this was near the end of the journey. Mallory had a brilliant suggestion.

Home

Home

The Perfect Spot

She remembered a spot that sounded like a great place for the fox. This is a great idea since it was quite close to the docks. It was an area safe from dangers, so it would be a good area for their furry friend.

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The Perfect Spot

The Fox’s New Home

It was a safe and lovely area, so they knew that they were doing the right thing by taking the fox there. They were glad to know that a small dog house was built there. They still had to look for it, however.

A New Home

A New Home

Quite Content

As they looked around for it, Cliff was the one carrying the fox in his arms. At last, it seemed like the fox did not mind at all! After looking around for the dog house, they were able to locate its whereabouts.

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Quite Content

A Successful Rescue

They preferred to let the fox decide for itself. This was the reason they placed the bin on the grass, near the doghouse. After this, they stepped back and observed it. The animal looked around the area.

Success

Success

Apprehension

The fox only stayed inside the bin for quite some time. Finally, it headed out, shook its fur, and had a gander at the place. It remained by the entrance for a while as well. What would it do next?

Apprehension

Apprehension

Settling In

It then settled in and explored the habitat. At last, it was safe and sound. They were relieved that their efforts brought this animal to safety. We would rather not imagine what would happen to it otherwise.

Settling In

Settling In

Just To Be Sure

They did not leave right away as they wanted to ensure that it would be all right. They kept a close eye on it while it got to know the surroundings some more. At last, they decided that it was going to be fine.

Just To Be Sure

Just To Be Sure

Slowly Making Its Way

It meant that they had to return to the boat and retreat home as well. They were able to accomplish their mission, and they deserved to get some rest. No doubt, they would be unable to forget this day!

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Slowly Making Its Way

Long Day

Fishing is already pretty tiring on its own. Can you imagine just how exhausted they must have been after everything they went through? They did put their bodies and emotions to the test on that day!

Long Day

Long Day

When All Is Said And Done

On their way home, Cliff, Mallory, and Allan were able to appreciate the beauty in their surroundings even more. It was not at all an unfamiliar view, but everything looked more beautiful for them that day.

When All Is Said And Done

When All Is Said And Done

Internet Post

Talk about a wild adventure! Mallory used this caption for her Instagram post: ‘Managed to nurse this baby back to health the other day with @cliffordrussell9455 and @alanrussell7 🐺 His fur should be brown by now but he was on that piece of ice for so long that it never changed color.’

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Internet Post

Proud

Clearly, they were all proud of what they achieved since they posted about this adventure on social media. This is completely justified. We bet you would have done the same thing in their shoes, after all.

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Proud

Responses

It was just natural for this story to make rounds as soon as it was posted online. A lot of people were thrilled to read about this adventure. Many netizens commended the trio for their kindness and bravery.

Responses

Responses

More Comments

The fishermen did it in exchange for nothing. Some folks even said that it showed how lovely humans can be. We doubt that it comes as a shock to hear how much the story has moved other people.

More Comments

More Comments

A Job Well Done

Allan, Mallory, and Cliff were able to finish their mission at last. They exchanged smiles, knowing fully well that they were able to do something amazing that day. What an amazing tale of courage and kindness!

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A Job Well Done

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