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US Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish

09:01  11 august  2018
09:01  11 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest

  Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf in Northwest An endangered orca is still clinging to her dead calf as she swims in Northwest waters more than two weeks after her newborn died. Michael Milstein, a spokesman with NOAA Fisheries, says researchers on Wednesday spotted the 20-year-old whale known as J35 carrying her dead young off the tip of the Olympic Peninsula.Michael Milstein, a spokesman with NOAA Fisheries, says researchers on Wednesday spotted the 20-year-old whale known as J35 carrying her dead young off the tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

(AP) — Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters off Washington state's San Juan Island, preparing if needed to test- feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it with medicine.

Teams trying to save ailing orca practice feeding live fish . We are not foreigners," said Mannan, 50, adding his family has lived in India's northeastern Assam state since the 1930s. "I can't understand where the mistake is."

FALSE BAY, Wash. — Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with fat live salmon as the sun rose Friday and rushed to waters off Washington state's San Juan Island, preparing if needed to test-feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it with medicine.

Grieving Orca Whale Releases Dead Calf After More Than Two Weeks

  Grieving Orca Whale Releases Dead Calf After More Than Two Weeks More than two weeks after the death of her baby, a grieving orca whale has released her dead calf's body after carrying it around the Pacific Northwest's waters. The adult female named Tahlequah, or J35 by scientists, was spotted swimming without her baby near San Juan Island off Washington’s coast on Saturday, scientists said.

SEATTLE (AP) — Teams of whale experts raced out to sea Thursday to help an ailing young killer whale, but they don't plan to intervene to help a The team then could move ahead with feeding the orca live salmon from a boat moving ahead of the whale. The orca would initially get just a few fish

Teams taking drastic measures to save a young, ailing killer whale loaded up two boats with live fish and rushed to waters near an island off Washington state Friday, preparing if needed to feed the critically endangered orca a day after injecting it with medicine.

By early afternoon, it appeared the 3½-year-old female orca called J50 was too far north in Canadian waters and any trial feeding effort would not happen, Brad Hanson, a wildlife biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who is leading response efforts in the field, told reporters out on the water.

For now, the unprecedented attempt to feed live salmon to a free-swimming killer whale would have to wait.

The team led by the U.S. agency lacks a permit to feed the whale, which is emaciated and possibly suffering an infection, in Canadian waters, though it had one for medical treatment. NOAA would apply for the feeding permit if conditions are right, said Lynne Barre, NOAA Fisheries' recovery coordinator for the whales.

Rescue Teams Continue Unprecedented Effort To Save Young Sick Orca

  Rescue Teams Continue Unprecedented Effort To Save Young Sick Orca Marine biologists missed a salmon delivery to a critically malnourished young orca off the coast of Washington on Friday, but hope to try again soon. The good news is they spotted the whale Saturday and said she appeared "active and energetic" -- though still emaciated. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association had loaded live chinook salmon on two boats to feed the three-year-old orca, identified as J50, or Scarlet, onThe good news is they spotted the whale Saturday and said she appeared “active and energetic” — though still emaciated.

Teams Trying to Save Ailing Orca Practice Feeding Live Fish . Experts have done a practice run to work out feeding live fish to a whale off Washington state so they're ready when they get a chance to save an ailing orca .

The Lummi Nation launched a practice run to feed a starving young orca in the wild. ABOARD THE LENGESOT — Jay Julius held on tight to the thrashing silver fish , precious food for an ailing orca he considers a relative. Only then will the agency decide whether to try feeding her.

The agency wants to see whether it can deliver medication to the whale through live Chinook salmon but first needs to test whether the orca will take its preferred food source.

With the whale far away and a bin full of salmon pulled that morning from a state hatchery, crews did a practice run to work out the logistics of feeding live fish to a whale while staying ahead of it in a boat. One by one, crews aboard a boat belonging to the Lummi Nation, an American Indian tribe, sent the plump salmon into a turquoise tube and then into the water.

Researchers with the Whale Sanctuary Project practiced taking samples of fish scales so they can later genetically track whether the whale consumed that fish. A King County research vessel drove alongside, also carrying fish, to provide support.

The orca was given a dose of antibiotics from a dart Thursday, and Marty Haulena, head veterinarian at Vancouver Aquarium, who got a close look at J50. He said the whale is incredibly skinny but was swimming well and there were no obvious signs of abnormality with her skin. It wasn't clear whether she had been eating.

17 days and 1,000 miles later: Tahlequah stops carrying her calf

  17 days and 1,000 miles later: Tahlequah stops carrying her calf It was the swim that the whole world watched. J-35, or Tahlequah as she more commonly became known, carried her calf — who had died minutes after being born — everywhere. Her swim caught the attention of millions around the world as her act of grieving went on for days, then weeks. Now, 17 days after her calf died, after covering more than 1,000 miles with the baby's body, she's stopped carrying it with her. "She is alive and well and J-35, or Tahlequah as she more commonly became known, carried her calf — who had died minutes after being born — everywhere. Her swim caught the attention of millions around the world as her act of grieving went on for days, then weeks.

Veterinarians in the field will decide whether to give the ailing orca antibiotics, which would last between 10 and 14 days, using either a If things go well, she said, the team could move ahead with feeding the orca live salmon from a boat. The whale would initially get just a few fish to see whether

Veterinarians in the field will decide whether to give the ailing orca antibiotics, which would last between 10 and 14 days, using either a If things go well, Rowles said, the team could move ahead with feeding the orca live salmon from a boat. The whale would initially get just a few fish to see

"I do stress this is a very thin whale," Haulena said, noting that others in the same condition have not survived.

J50 is breathing normally, taking deep dives and keeping up with her group, so respiratory disease is not as high of a concern, he said. He and others followed the whale on the water for about six hours Thursday and got a breath sample to analyze whether she might have bacteria or fungus in her airway.

Sheila Thornton, lead killer whale scientist with Fisheries Oceans Canada, said the whale looks more like a 2-year-old though it has always been small for her age. She is deteriorating, and scientists are not seeing improvements in a loss of tissue behind her head, Thornton said.

The young whale is one of just 75 of the fish-eating orcas that frequent the inland waters of Washington state. There hasn't been a successful birth since 2015. Losing J50 also would mean losing her reproductive potential, Hanson said.

"That's what this is really all about. The future of the population," the NOAA biologist said.

The whales face nutritional stress over a lack of Chinook salmon as well as threats from toxic contamination and vessel noise and disturbances.

Another female orca in the same pod has triggered an international outpouring as she clings to the body of her calf that died more than two weeks ago. Scientists are worried about her and will watch her but don't have plans to help her or remove the calf. She was last seen Thursday still carrying the body.

The last time scientists rescued a killer whale in the region was in 2002, when they rehabilitated an orca known as Springer who was found alone. She returned to her family of whales in Canada later that year and was seen with her calf in 2013.

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