Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HRPBNAQ6CW003MAE@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Wed, 14 Jun 1995 16:45:13 -0500 (EST) Date: Wed, 14 Jun 1995 14:10:45 -0400 (EDT) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Info-Stranding:Rescued Calif. porpoise To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <950614141045.84b6@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 13-JUN-1995 20:37:34.69 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Rescued Calif. porpoise holdin Date: Tue, 13 Jun 1995 11:14:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: email@example.com Subject: Rescued Calif. porpoise holdin X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Rescued Calif. porpoise holding own VALLEJO, Calif., June 12 (UPI) -- A baby harbor porpoise found floundering in a tidal pool along the Monterey Bay shoreline faces an uphill battle to survive, a Marine World-Africa USA official said Monday. Jim Bonde, a spokesman for the research center, said the baby porpoise got separated from its mother only hours after its birth and was found Friday afternoon. "It's just fortunate she was swept in toward the beach and not out to sea," he said. "A porpoise this young could not survive in the open ocean." The baby porpoise, measuring 2 1-2 feet and weighing about 17 pounds, was transported more than 100 miles by marine biologists from Monterey to Marine World. She was placed in a holding tank and has been receiving around the clock attention. "On Friday night, she needed help from a floatation device to swim," Bonde said. "Since then she has alternated between swimming pretty well on her own to swimming next to a volunteer's leg as they walk around the tank. Then there are times she needs to rest. It is easy to see she is in a weakened state." Bonde said the young marine mammal did not appear ill. She was being forced fed a soy milk mixture because the species' is lactose intolerant and cannot drink cow's milk. Bonde said it was too early to predict the porpoise's long-term survival, but if certainly would never be returned to the wild. "We are taking it one day at a time," he said. "We'll see if she makes it for three weeks or a month. At that time, we'll make a decision about her long-term future. We don't have harbor porpoises here, so she likely would be shipped to a facility like the one at Point Defiance in Tacoma."