Vancouver Aquarium trying to save calf
A false killer whale calf wades with veterinarian technician Jenelle Hebert (L) after being rescued near the shores of Tofino and brought to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue centre. (REUTERS)
A false Killer Whale calf rescued off a beach in Tofino is clinging to life at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre about a week after it was first discovered.
Dr. Martin Haulena of the centre said the animal has undergone serious injuries and despite the work of staff is still in desperate shape.
The calf is so young it doesn’t even have teeth and should it survive, it’s up to Fisheries and Oceans Canada to determine if it can be released into the wild.
But Haulena said that decision is way off.
“We’re a long way away from what happens if he does make it,” he said. “Unfortunately the odds are stacked against him.”