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Rescue planning underway for stranded orca calf near Vancouver Island [Video]

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Orca lovers across the globe have been watching efforts to support the young whale for more than a week.

VANCOUVER, BC — Canadian and First Nations officials said Thursday they are considering all possible options to rescue a stranded 2-year-old orca calf and reunite it with its extended family. That could include putting it on a sling to transport it by vessel or truck, or even the use of a helicopter if necessary. 

The orca was discovered stranded in a lagoon near Vancouver Island on March 23 with its mother, who died shortly after and was found to be pregnant. It has been given the name Kʷiisaḥiʔis, which translates roughly to mean “brave little hunter.” Bay Cetology has been alongside the calf, working to help ensure a safe and healthy resolution, and many community members have been watching and doing what they can to help. 

Deborah Giles, science and research director for Wild Orca, has previously …

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