False killer whale calf gets round-the-clock care after rescue

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

There’s a long road ahead for the young false killer whale rescued from a Tofino beach yesterday afternoon.

Lindsaye Akhurst with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre told reporters the next few days will be critical when it comes to the four- to six-week-old calf’s chances of survival

“Every minute of the day right now we have a person in the water with him. So you can imagine it’s very labour intensive and exhausting for them too, but as you saw, they all have a bunch of smiles on their faces and they are so happy that we are able to help him out.”

And while those chances lie at around 10 per cent: “It’s 10 percent more of a chance than if we left him out on the beach, so we are happy to give him, even if it’s just a temporary home.”

She says it’s not clear how the rare animal got separated from him mother and ended up on the beach.

Should he beat the odds and survive, it’s not certain where the whale will end up. Several scientists from around the world have asked to study him.

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