"It's fantastic. We're hoping she's going to be OK".
J50 is one of only 75 Southern resident killer whales that swim the coastal waters between British Columbia to California. J50 was with her mother, J16, and the rest of the pod.
If a cause can be identified, the veterinarians on board will be able to sign off on the next step-the injection of a long-acting broad-spectrum antibiotic either from a pole or a dart gun. "They could initially hear the whales through hydrophones and then they located them".
The first step is to complete an assessment of the orca's health, he said.More news: Kanye's 'Carpool Karaoke' cancelations have cost James Corden $45K
Teri Rowles of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that if they find J50 before she dies they'll assess her health and determine if they will administer antibiotics by pole or by dart, and she may receive further treatment of salmon laced with medication. If J50 responds to the salmon, they will be considered as a way to administer medications that may not be injectable.
"J50 was staying close to her mum and was keeping up well, moving at a casual speed and undertaking what we call logging behaviour which is a resting behaviour with slow transits and movements, and small changes direction so we can't at this time say what specific direction the animals were going in", Thornton said.
Rowles said injections of antibiotics or sedatives have been given to other free-swimming whales or dolphins that were injured or entangled but it hasn't been done for free-swimming whales in this area. The ailing orca was swimming with her mom Wednesday.
Whale experts have been increasingly anxious about J50 after a researcher last month noticed an odor on the orca's breath, a smell detected on other orcas that later died.More news: Hall wins Women's British Open for 1st major title
The 4-year-old was part of the southern resident "baby boom" that occurred when eleven calves were born between 2014-2016.
After several days of searching, NOAA announced Tuesday evening that crews found J50 off Port Renfrew, near the west entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
"Hopefully, they are doing well and foraging and doing what they need to do".
An endangered killer whale that has prompted an global rescue effort won't receive antibiotics by dart or by fish if it's found in Canadian water. She was the first orca to be rescued, rehabilitated and successfully released back into the wild.More news: Congo Ebola vaccine teams set up fridges to tackle newly suspected cases