After Dramatic Weekend For Orca Biologists, New Attempts To Help J-50
Veterinarians are again trying to help the emaciated young orca named J-50, after a dramatic turn of events over the weekend.
J-50 is still emaciated and underweight, but continues to swim with her pod, said Michael Milstein, public affairs officer with NOAA Fisheries.
“It kind of went from concern to elation in a very short amount of time,” Milstein said.
Biologists hadn’t seen J-50 for three days, Milstein said, and was feared dead. NOAA notified the public that she was missing.
Suddenly, midday Monday, a boat from The Whale Museum saw her swimming with her pod in the Salish Sea. Crews snapped into action and a veterinarian with the Vancouver Aquarium injected her with antibiotics by Monday evening. They’ve followed her since, and Milstein says she was spotted Tuesday swimming in Canadian waters near the Fraser River. Canadian vets will inject her with a dewormer if they can reach her, because of concern she could have parasitic worms.
“The fact that she’s still active and engaged with the pod has really impressed everyone, and I think everyone agrees that this is one tough little whale,” Milstein said.
J-50 is one of the youngest members in the endangered J-pod. NOAA Fisheries says that after one attempt in August to medicate her with antibiotics, she is still emaciated and underweight.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will continue to post updates about J-50 on Twitter.
Copyright 2018 KUOW
One of the habitat designations is specifically for Southern Resident Killer Whales, which spend about half the year in the Salish Sea north of Seattle. They feed on salmon. There are fewer than 80 of these orcas remaining. Continue Reading Federal Managers Propose Northwest Habitat Protections For Orcas And Humpback Whales
Plastics in the ocean food chain has become a hot topic for local scientists, for similar reasons city and state policy makers and activists are debating plastic bag bans and how to reduce plastic straw and bottled water usage. All are concerned that the world’s oceans are awash in plastic trash and fibers. Continue Reading Don’t Want Plastic With Your Seafood? Neither Do Otters And Orcas In Northwest Waters
Whale watch tour companies have knocked a proposed orca protection initiative off the November ballot in San Juan County, Washington. The ballot measure would have asked voters to greatly increase the stand-off distance between boats and endangered killer whales. Continue Reading Judge Strikes Down Ballot Measure On Whale Watching Distance Rules In San Juan County