Monday, 30 August 2010

Beaked whale stable, refusing to eat solids

A beaked whale rescued this week from a beach in Kihei remained in "stable but guarded" condition Friday at the Hawaii Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.


The 1,900-pound female was still being fed "squid milkshakes" every four hours, with continuing attempts to get her to eat solid food, said David Schofield, marine mammal response network coordinator for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii.


"She's carrying her squid around in her mouth, playing with it rather than eating it," Schofield said. "She probably doesn't feel very well.

"We would like to see her eating fish on her own. We would like to see her a little bit more energetic. But at least she's not going the other way."


The Blainville's beaked whale was rescued Monday after beaching itself in shallow water off the Waipuilani Beach access in Kihei. Volunteers helped tend to the whale for about seven hours before it was trucked to Kahului Airport, then flown aboard a Coast Guard C-130 plane to Hilo.


source: http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/534604.html?nav=10

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