Emergency rescue efforts for endangered killer whale hit snag in Canada

Fate of starving orca in question as J-pod not spotted for days

Fate of starving orca in question as J-pod not spotted for days

J50 is one of only 75 remaining southern resident killer whales that are found in coastal waters between British Columbia to California.

"We just amended the marine mammal regulations to prohibit feeding marine mammals because we don't want to habituate marine mammals to people, but again we're reviewing that method right now", said Paul Cottrell, marine mammals coordinator with the government agency Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Michael Milstein with NOAA Fisheries said J50 was seen with her mother, J16, which is a good sign.

The 4-year-old was part of the southern resident "baby boom" that occurred when eleven calves were born between 2014-2016.

Last week, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced plans to try to treat the whale with medication, either injected by dart or delivered in live salmon.

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J-50 was last seen Friday in Canadian waters, but she and the rest of the J-pod have not been seen since. NOAA fears J50's condition is worsening as the days pass.

"We are hopeful that there is still a chance that we will be able to assist her with medical treatment to give her enough time to get nourishment and treat infections, if indeed that is causing her decline". But they also say they're prepared for other outcomes.

"If then things are going well and the behavior of the group and her responses to the (medication) is going okay, then they could move forward with the fish feeding trial", Rowles said.

Springer was two years old when she was found in Puget Sound near Seattle, ailing and separated from her pod.

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