Rare False Killer Whale Calf Rescued
On July 10, 2014, a male false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) calf was rescued by Vancouver Aquarium staff and staff from the provincial and federal governments, the District of Tofino and Parks Canada after stranding on a beach near Tofino, British Columbia.
The two metre long animal, thought to be between four and six weeks old, was in critical condition with several lacerations along his body, most likely caused by the stranding. He was transported to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre where staff worked through the night to monitor his health. He continues to be supported in the water because he is too weak to swim. He is currently receiving treatment in the form of fluids, antibiotics and formula created specifically for marine mammals.
False killer whales are members of the dolphin family and are distinct from killer whales (Orcinus orca). They are extremely rare in B.C. waters and this is the first time the Rescue Centre has been called to rescue this species. There is still very little known about the lives of false killer whale calves.
Learn more about the Rescue Centre: vanaqua.org/mmr