Rescue team rushes to help ailing orca spotted off B.C.

12 August, 2018, 04:43 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Rescue team rushes to help ailing orca spotted off B.C.

Ms Giles said even if the orca's family is foraging for and sharing fish with her, she can't be getting the nutrition she needs to regain any body-mass loss that would have naturally occurred during the gestation of her foetus "and also additional loss of nutrition during these weeks of mourning".

Sheila Thornton with Fisheries and Oceans Canada says scientists are becoming concerned that the whale's behaviour will interfere with her ability to forage, but no intervention in planned.

J35 was spotted Wednesday carrying her dead calf, marking the 16th day of her "tour of grief".

Biologists from the Center for Whale Research investigated and found the calf was only briefly alive, and has since been decomposing. It's unclear if the whale has been eating, and scientists told the outlet her vast swim could very well be depleting her energy reserves.

An audio recording, believed to be the mother orca taken earlier this month, featured calls that were "mournful and prominent", according to Q13FOX.

Attention turned to J50 after another calf in her pod died on July 24.

After great white shark carcasses started washing ashore in South Africa, researchers pointed the finger at an unlikely predator: killer whales.

There are plans to attempt to feed J50 while she is in USA waters, but the procedure depends on ocean conditions and the behaviour of J50 and the rest of the pod, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries biologist Lynne Barre.

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Experts attempting an unprecedented rescue effort to save an endangered killer whale off the West Coast have managed to inject the young orca with antibiotics.

Brad Hanson, wildlife biologist with NOAA is standing by at Friday Harbor, along with a team of vets and biologists to venture out on the waters to examine her closely.

However, as much as people want to intervene on the scene, scientists suggest leaving the mom orca and her dead calf alone.

Hanson said the American team required fairly calm weather in order to get close enough to J50 to collect a breath sample. "There was no sign of the groups waiting for her ... she was mostly with her mom as well as her siblings". "If this goes further, we might have an issue with her condition", she added. "I think she is grieving".

In June, researchers revealed that it was not uncommon for whales and dolphins to keep holding onto their dead offspring for days at a time.

Killer whales carry their dead calves for a week or so.

If you'd like to be a part of the solution to saving these lovely whales, one easy step you can take is to reduce or completely do away with your personal consumption of seafood.

"Our goal is to see if this is a viable option to deliver medication", she said. By doing so, you will help ensure that there are plenty of fish in the sea for the animals who actually need to eat these aquatic creatures to survive (unlike us).

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