Young orca caught in Wadden Sea
Thursday 24 June 2010
A 3.5 metre-long orca, said to be starving and weak, has been captured by sea mammal experts in the Wadden Sea.
Staff from the Dolfinarium in Harderwijk helped catch the animal, which was spotted swimming between the sea resort of Lauwersoog and the island of Ameland on Wednesday.
Because the animal, a young female, is too weak to be taken out into open sea, it has been taken to the Dolfinarium to recover and will then be released again.
Dolfinarium spokesman Bert van Plateringen told the paper the animal is fighting for her life. Dolphin trainers are constantly with her in the tanks to stop her bashing into the sides because the animal is not used to a confined space, he said.
The last time a live orca was spotted in the Wadden Sea was 1947. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are the largest member of the dolphin family.
For a picture of the orca, click here