Vets Ready for Rare Efforts to Save Ailing Endangered Orca

Scarlet is among a group of endangered rapidly dwindling Southern Resident killer whales that frequent the Pacific Northwest

The female orca known as J35 has been clinging to its calf since it died July 24, an image of grief that has struck an emotional chord worldwide.

The rescue team has approval in both US and Canadian waters to give J50 medication, but there is no such plan for another member of the population of southern resident killer whales that has scientists anxious.

Another female orca from the group that spends time in U.S. Northwest waters attracted global attention as the grieving animal tried to keep her dead baby afloat.

The team led by the US 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.

That plan may include dumping live salmon doused with antibiotics in front of the whale, hoping she'll eat them. Researchers spotted the 20-year-old whale and the calf off of Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday, the station says.

NOAA has a plan to try and nurse Scarlet back to health, but it's a complicated one that depends on her condition.

Mr Milstein says researchers with Fisheries and Ocean Canada also spotted another member of the same pod - the 3 ½-year old whale J50 that is emaciated.

A veterinarian examined the orca.

"What they're working on this morning...to determine which method they're going to use, [is] based on the dose that they have configured for her", Rowles told ABC News on Tuesday.

The idea of removing the calf from her mother is "not on the table", according to Brad Hanson, a wildlife biologist with NOAA.


"This was our first opportunity in almost a week of trying to get near the whale", said Haulena.

US and Canadian officials acknowledged Thursday that they're concerned that J35's apparent grieving process could prevent her from foraging, but they have no plans to intervene at this point to remove the dead calf.

"She appears to be in distress and may not be feeding successfully, so we are asking vessels continue to give her a wide berth", said DFO regional director Andrew Thomson.

The fish-eating orcas that frequent the inland waters of Washington state are down to 75 animals, and there has not been a successful birth since 2015.

Experts at the Whale Museum on San Juan Island have been monitoring the whale since her calf died last month.

"The fish would be distributed into the water in front of her", she said. She returned to her family of whales in Canada later that year and was seen with her calf in 2013.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced late Thursday that response teams spotted J50, also known as Scarlet, and the rest of her pod of southern resident killer whales in Canadian waters and followed them into the US near San Juan Island. Chinook salmon, their primary source of food, has been in a steep decline since the 1980s due to overfishing, habitat destruction and contaminated waters.

They also face overlapping threats from toxic pollution and noise and disturbances from boats.

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.

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