Starving, endangered killer whale J50 spotted alive in USA waters

Starving, endangered killer whale J50 spotted alive in USA waters

While veterinarians are roaming American waters armed with the experimental life-saving treatments, Paul Cottrell of Fisheries and Oceans Canada says they are still wading through the paper work to make sure any efforts to treat the animal don't affect other members of her pod.

The race to save J50, a female with the potential to reproduce, is considered crucial for the endangered southern resident killer whale population that stands at just 75 whales.

The four-year-old whale, dubbed J50, was last seen with her pod in open waters off Vancouver Island, B.C. on Saturday night.

Michael Milstein, a spokesman with NOAA Fisheries, said researchers on Wednesday saw the 20-year-old whale known as J35 carrying her dead young off the tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada received the proposed rescue plan for its American counterparts on Friday, he said.

"We don't know exactly what is wrong with her", Rowles said in a teleconference. Past sightings of the whale suggest she is lethargic and fighting an infection.

"If it's determined that antibiotics would be useful, then antibiotics through injection is going to be our best course rather than antibiotics through food, because we recognize that we won't able to treat her every day", Rowles said.

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Cottrell says the first step of assessing her health, which involves collecting breath and stool samples and observing her behaviour, can be done in Canadian waters.

"It's very possible that she has succumbed at this point and we may never see her again".

"When other whales looked like her, they did not survive, so we have a critical whale", said Martin Haulena, head veterinarian for the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver. They may drop medicated fish next, if that goes smoothly. King County has lent its new research boat, the "SoundGuardian", to the cause, according to county Executive Dow Constantine's office.

J50, an emaciated and endangered killer whale that scientists feared could be dead has been spotted swimming in the waters off Vancouver Island.

But the race is still on as scientists try to get close to J50 and administer antibiotics, because the young while is believed to be starving and possibly suffering from infection.

Biologists have also considered feeding the orca salmon enhanced with vitamins or medication to try and boost her health, which would have to be undertaken on a daily basis.

Barre said operations testing for using live Chinook for nutritional support therapy and administering oral medication would be done with the Lummi tribe and the Whale Sanctuary Project - without whales present.

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