The baby orca found north of Wellington is being moved back to its sea buck as its operators report a dip in its energy levels.
The calf suffered injuries to its pectoral fins and tailbone and had to extend into deep water. It also has an issue with an inflamed A, which veterinarians believe responds better in salt water, ”says Department of Conservation Marine Art Manager Ian Angus.
However, DOC said on Thursday that Toa would be “more lethargic” and “not vocalize as much as before”.
The DOC hopes to put Orka back into the sea on Thursday evening and ensure that the water quality is acceptable
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“We are also keeping a close eye on the weather forecast but we are counting on returning the Orka calf to the sea pen this evening. “Because it’s close at night, we keep people on the site to a minimum for health and safety reasons,” Angus said.
Toa was moved to the portable pool at the Plimmerton Boating Club parking lot last week due to bad weather, causing swelling in his seasickness.