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Scientists concerned as B.C. orca continues carrying body of her calf

A baby orca whale was pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria British Columbia. The new orca died soon after being born and was seen on Tuesday MoreCloseclosemore
Steve Townsend | 12 August, 2018, 23:44

"A female killer whale ... could probably fast for about four weeks before it gets into a detrimental state", Noren said.

"Extinction is looming", Center for Whale Research founder Ken Balcomb told CNN.

Haulena said they watched J50 rejoin her group on Thursday.

They hunt in these groups, and animals that become isolated can suffer a potentially life-threatening food shortage, experts warn.

Because Tahlequah was pregnant, it is possible she began carrying her deceased calf with an extra boost of lipids in her blubber that could be helping her now, said Dawn Noren, research fishery biologist at NOAA's Northwest Center in Seattle.

Researchers and members of the Lummi Nation have also been testing a plan to feed J50 chinook filled with medication, in case that is deemed necessary.

Giles said the spotlight on the animals, while itself awful news, has already led to skyrocketing worry about their plight. The situation is most certainly urgent, especially considering that this sick orca is one of the mere 75 individuals of her kind left on Earth.

The group will prioritize short-term and long-term actions, many of which are certain to focus on recovering the prized salmon that the fish-eating whales like to eat.

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For now, researchers and veterinarians working to treat J50 will continue to monitor J35, looking closely at her for skin lesions, any changes in the way she swims or surfaces or major changes in her breath, which could indicate that she is metabolizing lipids.

As National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries (NOAA) spokesman Michael Milstein reportedly stated, "Everything is on the table".

J-50 is part of a family group known as J-pod, which also includes the mother orca who has gained worldwide attention for carrying her dead newborn calf for more than two weeks, in an apparent display of mourning. It takes a calf a little under a year and a half to fully develop in the womb, and they nurse for another year.

An global team of experts has successfully administered antibiotics to ailing young orca J50 in an emergency effort to save her life, an apparent first for an orca in the wild. But Roxanne Sperry, a cancer researcher and theology student beginning a ministry as a veterinary chaplain, said such feelings are common - as is the sense there is no place to take them.

Since then, an adult male orca went missing in June and is presumed dead. "It's very hard to say, but certainly they're very intelligent animals and the loss of this animal is quite profound for both the (killer whales) and I think for everyone who witnesses this". A final report is due in November.

The task force is considering a range of efforts, from increasing hatchery production of salmon, training more private boats to help respond to oil spills, and prioritizing areas where important habitat can be restored.

The orcas are distinct from other killer whales because they eat salmon rather than marine mammals.

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