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Dozens team up for complex rescue of trapped orca in B.C. lagoon


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Rescue of B.C. orca calf could involve helicopter airlift

A new rescue effort will hopefully soon be underway to rescue an orphaned orca calf in a remote area off northern Vancouver Island.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the plan could include placing the two-year-old calf into a sling, lifting it out of the lagoon by helicopter and putting it in a holding net pen in the ocean until the calf’s family pod can be seen nearby.

https://globalnews.ca/news/10399242/bc-orca-rescue-involves-airlift-helicopter/

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10 minutes ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

Rescue of B.C. orca calf could involve helicopter airlift

A new rescue effort will hopefully soon be underway to rescue an orphaned orca calf in a remote area off northern Vancouver Island.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the plan could include placing the two-year-old calf into a sling, lifting it out of the lagoon by helicopter and putting it in a holding net pen in the ocean until the calf’s family pod can be seen nearby.

https://globalnews.ca/news/10399242/bc-orca-rescue-involves-airlift-helicopter/

 

I sincerely hope they can save it, it would be terrible if things don’t go according to plan.

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The complicated move could involve a crane, a specially outfitted truck and a landing craft or boat. A previous plan to airlift the whale with a helicopter is now taking a back seat, although it remains an option, said Paul Cottrell, a marine mammal co-ordinator with the Fisheries Department.

The net pen is expected to arrive in Zeballos on Sunday. Once the whale is in the pen, it will be kept at a location its extended family is known to frequent, in hopes of a reunion when it is finally freed.

“I think it's probably going to be within the week because of the health of the killer whale,” Ehattesaht First Nation Chief Simon John said of the operation. “There's going to be three or four stages related to capturing it. There's several barriers that will be deployed.”

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/survival-clock-ticks-for-trapped-b-c-orca-calf-as-gear-arrives-for-complex-rescue-1.6834566

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3 hours ago, Grim Reaper 6 said:

I sincerely hope they can save it, it would be terrible if things don’t go according to plan.

I'm keeping all fingers crossed. It was heartbreaking enough when its mother and unborn sibling could not be helped. I hope Brave Little Warrior can hang in there until rescuers are able to save it.

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4 hours ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

I'm keeping all fingers crossed. It was heartbreaking enough when its mother and unborn sibling could not be helped. I hope Brave Little Warrior can hang in there until rescuers are able to save it.

I will also keep my fingers crossed and say a little prayer!!!:cry:

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Trapped B.C. orca calf's skin whitening, no sign of emaciation: Fisheries Department

The skin of a young killer whale trapped in a Vancouver Island lagoon is turning white due to the low salinity of the water, but the Fisheries Department says the calf is active and isn't showing signs of emaciation.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/trapped-b-c-orca-calf-s-skin-whitening-no-sign-of-emaciation-fisheries-department-1.6839471

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15 minutes ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

Trapped B.C. orca calf's skin whitening, no sign of emaciation: Fisheries Department

The skin of a young killer whale trapped in a Vancouver Island lagoon is turning white due to the low salinity of the water, but the Fisheries Department says the calf is active and isn't showing signs of emaciation.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/trapped-b-c-orca-calf-s-skin-whitening-no-sign-of-emaciation-fisheries-department-1.6839471

This is great news, please keep us informed!!!!!!!:tu:

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This recue effort is moving slow.

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Wishing the young orca the best in this predicament 🐋 I am hoping that they can keep it healthy until the release with the rest of family.

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17 hours ago, Myles said:

This recue effort is moving slow.

It's definitely a nail biter, and still no date set for the rescue.

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Chief says rescue effort for stranded orca calf four, five days away as plans ramp up >

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/481461/Chief-says-rescue-effort-for-stranded-orca-calf-four-five-days-away-as-plans-ramp-up

First Nation members, federal Fisheries Department marine mammal experts, whale scientists and boat and machine operators have spent much of this week in meetings preparing for a rescue attempt.

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2 minutes ago, Lucia62 said:

Chief says rescue effort for stranded orca calf four, five days away as plans ramp up >

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/481461/Chief-says-rescue-effort-for-stranded-orca-calf-four-five-days-away-as-plans-ramp-up

First Nation members, federal Fisheries Department marine mammal experts, whale scientists and boat and machine operators have spent much of this week in meetings preparing for a rescue attempt.

Let's hope it happens very soon, time is running out!:cry:

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6 hours ago, Lucia62 said:

Chief says rescue effort for stranded orca calf four, five days away as plans ramp up >

https://www.castanet.net/news/BC/481461/Chief-says-rescue-effort-for-stranded-orca-calf-four-five-days-away-as-plans-ramp-up

First Nation members, federal Fisheries Department marine mammal experts, whale scientists and boat and machine operators have spent much of this week in meetings preparing for a rescue attempt.

The could have and should have had this done after a few days, not weeks.

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Rescuers pause efforts to free trapped orca calf

Members of the Ehattesaht First Nation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Vancouver Aquarium have temporarily suspended an operation to move a stranded killer whale calf out of a remote Vancouver Island lagoon and into open water.

The rescue team says it will have to change tactics after being "truly humbled at the intelligence, adaptability and resilience" of the calf who "simply decided she was not ready to be moved" on Friday, according to a joint statement.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/killer-whale-calf-orphan-rescue-underway-1.7172018

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22 hours ago, Myles said:

The could have and should have had this done after a few days, not weeks.

No it couldn't have. The rescue is an extremely complex one as all care must be taken to ensure the safety of the orca calf. It also doesn't help when the little one is clever enough to dodge a 50-strong rescue team.

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45 minutes ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

No it couldn't have. The rescue is an extremely complex one as all care must be taken to ensure the safety of the orca calf. It also doesn't help when the little one is clever enough to dodge a 50-strong rescue team.

The equipment to do this could have been there within days for them to attempt a rescue.  

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IMO there needs to be a lot of planning for them to do and they are doing there best For the Peoples who are helping and the young female orca. Though this is far from me, I have been trying to read and share the updates. Fortunately, "no critical health concerns, and she was swimming well enough to make dives lasting seven or eight minutes in the deeps of the lagoon."  But she sure avoided the workers well, as some animals will, they have their own mind.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/british-columbia/article-bc-rescue-team-prepares-landing-site-for-orphaned-orca-trapped-in/

Glad to see photos and videos also🐋💗🐬 

but the short video towards the end of article showing the mom orca deceased 😢

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Up close with the orca rescue team in B.C.

 

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Orphaned B.C. orca may be eating fish, vet says, as rescuers plan new strategy

 A Vancouver Aquarium expert who has been involved in attempts to rescue an orphaned orca says the calf may be feeding on fish in the B.C. lagoon where she has been trapped for more than three weeks.

Veterinarian Martin Haulena said he got a good look at the calf during Friday's failed attempt to corral the whale, and it was possible she had been foraging, “based on her body condition being maintained.”

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/orphaned-b-c-orca-may-be-eating-fish-vet-says-as-rescuers-plan-new-strategy-1.6848253

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Bigger boats, more nets, people arrive in Zeballos, B.C., for new orca rescue attempt

A large seine fishing vessel capable of casting a net strong enough to hold a nearly 700-kilogram killer whale calf has arrived in Zeballos, B.C., to participate in the latest attempt to rescue the young orca stranded in a remote tidal lagoon.

The flat-bottom aluminum vessel has a built-in crane-like device for lifting heavy nets, and it's expected to be deployed as part of a rescue effort that could happen any day now in the lagoon on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.

https://www.cp24.com/news/bigger-boats-more-nets-people-arrive-in-zeballos-b-c-for-new-orca-rescue-attempt-1.6853701

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'It was joy': Trapped B.C. orca calf eats seal meat, putting rescue on hold

 A rescue operation for an orca calf trapped in a remote tidal lagoon off Vancouver Island has been put on hold after it started eating seal meat thrown in the water for what is believed to be the first time.

Ehattesaht First Nation Chief Simon John said the young killer whale swam to an area of the lagoon where members of the neighbouring Nuchatlaht First Nation tossed about 18 kilograms of seal meat into the water on Thursday evening. They witnessed her grabbing the chunks in its mouth and diving below the surface.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/it-was-joy-trapped-b-c-orca-calf-eats-seal-meat-putting-rescue-on-hold-1.6854756

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Great news! After all the rescue attempts, the little one swam out on her own. She's currently in Esperanza Inlet and rescuers will now try to encourage her out toward the open ocean where they hope her calls will be heard by her family.

News source with video:

https://globalnews.ca/news/10452572/bc-orphaned-orca-whale-calf-free/

Additional sources:

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/orca-calf-that-was-trapped-in-b-c-lagoon-for-weeks-swims-free-1.6863243

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/killer-whale-orca-calf-lagoon-vancouver-island-bc-free-1.7186129

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💗😀 So happy to see this, glad they recorded. Swim free 🐬

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Brave Little Hunter is still searching for her family pod after she escaped from the Vancouver Island lagoon.

Here's the latest:

DFO warns boaters against disturbing orphan B.C. orca calf

The Fisheries Department says it's monitoring and patrolling ocean waters off northwest Vancouver Island to ensure boat traffic doesn't interfere with an orphan killer whale calf's ability to reunite with her extended family.

The department said in a statement Friday it will be monitoring the location of the young female orca as she searches for her family in ocean waters near Zeballos, B.C., located more than 450 kilometres northwest of Victoria.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/dfo-boaters-disturbing-orca-calf-warning-1.7194216

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