Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Endangered orca that sparked global rescue plan spotted in B.C. waters

Biologists are keeping a close watch on J50 a 4-year-old southern resident killer whale. The indentation behind her head is indicative of a whale that is starving because the animal lacks the fatty deposits behind the cranium that create the usual smooth Fate of starving orca in question as J-pod not spotted for days
Cary Marshall | 09 August, 2018, 00:26

Springer was two years old when she was found in Puget Sound near Seattle, ailing and separated from her pod.

The almost four-year-old female southern resident killer whale is believed to be suffering from an infection that could kill her.

NOAA and the Center for Whale Research cite multiple factors threatening the killer whales, including a diminishing Chinook salmon population - which is their preferred fish - as well as increased pollution, water traffic, and increased noise - which stresses out the whales and interferes their ability to reproduce.

DFO research crews have been out on the water every day trying to locate J50.

However, added Teri Rowles, the marine mammal health and stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fisheries division, "it is very possible she may have succumbed" since then. The critically endangered southern-resident orcas have declined to a population of 75 animals. Those numbers have remained stagnant, Balcomb said.

The 4-year-old was part of the southern resident "baby boom" that occurred when eleven calves were born between 2014-2016.

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An aerial photograph of adult female Southern Resident killer whale J16 with her calf (J50) in 2015, when the calf was in its first year of life.

Researchers took breath samples, and a drone flown above the whales last week showed that J50 is much skinnier and her body condition has gotten worse. The plan calls for live salmon provided by the Lummi Nation. This tactic has never before been attempted in the wild, NOAA fisheries experts wrote on the agency's website.

Unprecedented efforts are in the works to help a malnourished and possibly sick young killer whale last spotted off the B.C. coast - if officials can find her in time. "It's fantastic. We're hoping she's going to be OK".

"That requires a closer approach", Rowles said of the pole option.

Rowles said injections of antibiotics or sedatives have been given to other free-swimming whales or dolphins that were injured or entangled but it hasn't been done for free-swimming whales in this area.

Earlier Tuesday, federal officials had said they received legal permission to move forward with the treatment J50. What would be unique is giving the orca medication through live fish, she said.

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