Team gives medication to sick killer whale at sea

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Team gives medication to sick killer whale at sea

Because of the tight bond between Tahlequah and her calf as well as the bond shared by the rest of the pod there is no plan to take the calf away. Killer whales typically live until they are at least 50 years old, according to NOAA's website. By the time biologists from the Center for Whale Research arrived at her side, the calf was dead.

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.

"Progress!" Michael Milstein, a spokesman for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, said on the agency's Facebook page. She did demonstrate pretty good swimming ability.

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.

The southern resident killer whales are a critically endangered population, with approximately 75 individuals left. Now, she still holds her baby dearly, going on for more than two weeks now.

Earlier this year, a study by a non-profit organisation revealed whales and dolphins will hold "vigils" for their dead. We need to try our best to figure that out.

'The baby was so newborn it didn't have blubber.

Killer whale research scientist Sheila Thornton said removing the calf would be a "very, very hard decision" that it would come down to the health of the mother. It is that simple.

According to Dr Giles, the other members of the family knew J35 was pregnant due to their sonar, which the animals also use to communicate with one another.

"Our goal is to see if this is a viable option to deliver medication", she said.

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.

From the Center for Whale Research.

Researchers spotted mothers seeming to grieve for other females in the group.

They said the practice of postmorten attentive behaviour (PAB) could be because individuals had failed "to recognise or accept that an offspring or companion has died".

She's part of a pod of killer whales that has been captivating people around the world.

This is the latest troubling sign for a population already at its lowest in more than three decades. It's made up of three pods, all of which have been listed as endangered in both the USA and Canada.

They're not getting enough of the large, fatty Chinook salmon that make up their main diet. Moreover, she expressed her worry over the nutrition of the orca. It takes a calf a little under a year and a half to fully develop in the womb, and they nurse for another year. For instance, we've all personally experienced some form of loss and the pain that comes with it, so when we see someone else grappling with the loss of a loved one, we understand, we relate, we feel their pain.

There are plans to attempt to feed J50 while she is in US 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.

"I am gravely concerned for the health and mental well being of J35".

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.

The breath droplets will be analyzed for possible pathogens.

Hanson said Springer's case was different because it was isolated. But the whale did not smell as bad on Saturday. Yet still she clings to the body of her baby.

'I've never seen an animal this emaciated make it. "So we've been standing by here, hoping that the southern residents will come back in". That data has documented orcas that declined and then disappeared. It was fed live salmon in the pen.

"While we wait for the results, we are treating what is treatable", said Haulena. 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. Their movements are closely tracked and photographed by researchers, whale watchers and fans.

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