Aquarium working to save rescued false killer whale calf
Rescue crews work on a stranded false killer whale calf near Tofino Thursday July 10, 2014.
The Vancouver Aquarium says a rescued false killer whale calf is now undergoing treatment at its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre after it became beached near Tofino Thursday.
The centre’s head veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena said transporting the animal from Tofino to Vancouver went well, but the whale is still in critical condition.
“There were some worrying dips in his heart rate and respiration last night,” Haulena said. “We’ve started treatment and have conducted diagnostic tests. The hope is that he begins to recover and slowly gain weight.”
He said the male calf is about six weeks old, so young it doesn’t have teeth and was still nursing, and has numerous lacerations ands wounds on its body that likely occurred during the stranding.
According to the Vancouver Aquarium while false killer whales are common around the world they are rare in British Columbia.
Haulena said care of the junior cetacean is ongoing.