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Canada Endangered orca gets antibiotic in U.S. waters

06:32  11 august  2018
06:32  11 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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VANCOUVER - Experts attempting an unprecedented rescue effort to save an endangered killer whale off the West Coast have managed to use a dart to The team also managed to get a sample from her blow hole and Haulena says they watched many of the members of her pod eat salmon, but it wasn't

Another female orca from the group that spends time in U . S . Northwest waters attracted. Experts are preparing rare emergency efforts to administer antibiotics or feed live salmon to try to save a young emaciated orca that' s part of a critically endangered pod of killer whales.

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VANCOUVER - 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.

A team set out Thursday and found the young whale alone, said Vancouver Aquarium veterinarian Martin Haulena on a conference call with reporters Friday.

While he is part of the core veterinarian team trying to save the whale, it was the first time he'd seen the animal in person.

"It struck me very dramatically," he said. "So that first meeting with this incredibly skinny little whale that was by herself was quiet worrisome."

Killer whale that lost calf gets help from her pod

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J50, left, is seen in U . S . waters off Washington state in a July 21, 2018, handout photo. An endangered killer whale that has prompted an The young female orca has sparked an international rescue effort by Canadian and American scientists who have developed a novel plan to feed her

Endangered orca gets antibiotic in U . S . waters : Scientists can ' t help distraught orca holding For more than a week, a whale known as J-35 has been holding up its deceased calf While he is part of the core veterinarian team trying to save the whale, it was the first time he'd seen the animal in person.

The three-and-a-half-year-old orca known as J50 is one of 75 remaining southern resident killer whales that spend their summer foraging for salmon off the coasts of British Columbia and Washington state.

Experts have been watching the young whale lose weight since June and they took the novel action in an effort to prevent the loss of more reproductive potential within the population.

Sheila Thornton, lead killer whale research scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said they'll often see the southern residents with poor body conditions at the start of the summer, but they improve over the season as they feed on chinook salmon.

"I think that's one of the things that's most worrisome to me. Is that not only is she not improving, it looks like she's deteriorating over the period of time when we would expect to see the condition improve."

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An emaciated and endangered killer whale that scientists feared could be dead has been spotted swimming in the waters off Vancouver Island. The young female orca has sparked an international rescue effort by Canadian and American scientists who have developed a novel plan to feed her

The orca , which was last seen Friday, is part of an endangered population that has dwindled to just Another female orca from the group that spends time in U . S . Northwest waters attracted global The whale would initially get just a few fish to see whether she takes it and how she and members of her

Haulena said they watched J50 rejoin her group on Thursday. She showed no signs of breathing problems, which would indicate she probably doesn't have pneumonia.

"She was diving for long periods of time and was easily keeping up with her group. That is very good news," he said.

While the other whales were actively foraging for food, Haulena said they couldn't tell if she had been eating.

He said they were a few hours into their six-hour day with J50 when all the conditions aligned and they decided to attempt to administer the antibiotics by dart.

"I think it could have gone a little bit better and I would try things a little bit differently based on what we found," Haulena said. "The injection went in and did not deliver the full dosage. We probably got about half the dosage, maybe a little bit more into her."

He said a different needle could have been used to allow it to deliver the entire dose, but he didn't want the animal to have the needle remain with her for a few days or longer before it fell off.

U.S. and Canadian agencies partner to aid struggling orca in B.C. coastal waters

  U.S. and Canadian agencies partner to aid struggling orca in B.C. coastal waters The story of the southern resident J-pod orcas, and the mother mourning her dead calf, has drawn attention from around the world.  Now, one of the other calves in the same pod is starving, and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada on a plan to save it.

U . S . team was able to get a breath sample from the juvenile female orca to help assess any infection she might have and they also administered a dose The experts now have authorization to intervene with medical treatment in both U . S . and Canadian waters once the critically endangered orca shows

Efforts to help a malnourished and endangered orca off the B.C. coast hit new uncharted waters yesterday, as U . S . biologists tried to feed the killer whale known as J-50 live chinook salmon off a boat. The "emergency response" to help the young whale already included a novel antibiotic treatment by

When the water calmed, the team was also able to get a sample from her blow hole, which he said they believe will be very valuable to assess.

Haulena said he has seen other killer whale this thin and they have not survived.

"Some of the things that are going in her favour, I suppose, are that she has been a thin whale for a relatively long period of time, so we're not looking at an acute disease process."

Researchers and members of the Lummi Nation have also been testing a plan to feed J50 chinook filled with medication, in case that is deemed necessary.

J50 is in the same pod as J35, a female killer whale that has been carrying the body of her dead calf since it died more than two weeks ago.

Thornton said a Fisheries and Oceans Canada team did encounter J35 off of the southern tip of Vancouver Island on Thursday and she was still pushing the body of the calf, which was born and died July 24.

'Slogging' killer whale J-50 gets live fish delivery in latest attempt to save her .
Efforts to help an endangered orca off the B.C. coast hit new uncharted waters Sunday, as U.S. biologists tried to feed the killer whale known as J-50 live chinook salmon off a boat. The "emergency response" to help the young whale already included a novel antibiotic treatment by dart at sea last week. Over the weekend, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Lummi Nation tried to deliver her food directly — both for nourishment and as a possible way to give medication in the future. "This type of thing has never been tried before and there was lots of potential things that could potentially go awry.

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