Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Rescue team rushes to help ailing orca spotted off Canada

Scarlet is among a group of endangered rapidly dwindling Southern Resident killer whales that frequent the Pacific Northwest Scarlet is among a group of endangered rapidly dwindling Southern Resident killer whales that frequent the Pacific Northwest
Kristen Harrington | 10 August, 2018, 17:51

"We will be ready to respond quickly should the intervention need to occur in Canadian waters".

Another orca in the critically endangered group of killer whales has been pushing her dead calf in the water for more than two weeks, raising concerns about her health.

"As there are only approximately 76 southern resident killer whales left, we must take into consideration whether our actions risk harming either J-50 or her pod", adds the DFO statement.

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

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An emergency effort to feed and treat an ailing young member of the endangered southern resident killer whales made headway on Thursday, according to rescuers.

Images of the mother clinging to the dead calf have struck an emotional chord across the world.

Wednesday's spotting was the first time the pair had been seen since last week.

US and Canadian scientists said they were concerned about the mother's condition and would keep monitoring her but have no immediate plans to help her or remove the calf.

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The orca is thin and in poor body condition. Biologists from the Center for Whale Research investigated and found the calf was only briefly alive, and has since been decomposing.

The fish-eating orcas that frequent the inland waters of Washington state are down to 75 animals, and there hasn't been a successful birth since 2015.

This is likely due to a sharp decline in the killer whales' main food source - the Chinook salmon - as well as contamination of the waters that they live in.

The earliest the weather is forecasted to clear up is Sunday, Hanson said, and the plan will be easier if the whales move closer to the coast.

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But the carcass, which Tahlequah has now carried for around 1,000 miles, is starting to deteriorate, and Giles said her mourning may soon come to an end. She was moved into a floating net pen and veterinarians assessed her medical condition and treated her.

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