Team gives medication to sick killer whale at sea

SEATTLE (AP) — A team of whale experts has injected an ailing killer whale with antibiotics in a rare emergency effort to save her.
NOAA Fisheries says the international team reached 3½-year-old orca known as J50 Thursday in the waters near Washington state’s San Juan Island.
A veterinarian examined the orca. The team of experts gave her a dose of antibiotics through a dart and took a breath sample to help assess whether she has an infection.
NOAA says on Facebook that the team will decide next whether to feed the free-swimming whale live salmon from a boat. If things go well, the whale may then be given live salmon dosed with medication.
The orca is thin and in poor body condition.

Original published: 2018-08-10 10:13:33 Read the full Seattle News here


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