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Rescuers are racing to save lots of an orca calf that has been stranded for practically two weeks with out its pod in a distant lagoon off the coast of Canada.

The mammal turned trapped within the Zeballos lagoon, Vancouver Island, after its mom turned caught in shallow waters and died on 23 March.

Scientists hope to lure the animal into an space of water it may be put right into a truck and pushed to deeper waters – after varied different strategies failed.

“We realised that time is not on our side so we now are working on logistics of a rescue operation,” Paul Cottrell with Fisheries and Oceans Canada stated.

Mr Cottrell hopes the plan will work inside the subsequent week. “It’s a huge effort and we have a long way to go,” he stated. “We’re hoping for the best possible outcome.”

Bay Cetology, one of many organisations working to coordinate the rescue, advised CNN the orca is “robust, showing no immediate signs of emaciation.”

There have been makes an attempt to feed the calf, however it’s unclear if it’s eaten something, in line with the organisation.

“This whale’s skin has just started to slough in sizable patches along the top of the head and base of the dorsal fin on each side perhaps due to the freshwater runoff into the lagoon it is in,” the organisation defined.

Moving the orca calf “will require a lot of patience as well as cooperation from the whale,” it added.

Orcas – often known as killer whales – are present in all of the world’s oceans, in line with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They are extremely social, dwelling in household pods of as much as 20 or extra whales.

In May final yr, roughly two dozen killer whales have been noticed off the coast of San Francisco in an uncommonly giant grouping of orcas for northern California.

The orcas have been possible collectively celebrating a kill of sea lions or seals on 7 May close to the Farallon Islands, about 28 miles west of San Francisco, when a whale-watching boat tour noticed them.

Killer whales are extra generally seen within the deep canyon beneath Monterey Bay, situated round 75 miles south of downtown San Francisco.