July 25, 2012 08:47
The prognosis for an injured harbour porpoise found off the coast of the Songhees reserve yesterday is said to be cautiously optimistic.
Reports of the injured marine mammal came in during the 4:00pm hour yesterday.
Paul Cottrell with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans describes what happened next.
“We were able to put together, quickly, kind of a plan and logistics, and great collaboration from local Wild ARC staff there, and Anna Hall, who is a cetacean researcher in the area. We quickly put in a plan with the Vancouver Aquarium Marine rescue mammal rescue team to kind of evaluate what would be possible.”
The injured porpoise was transported to the Vancouver Aquarium for treatment. Cottrell says the animal appears to have suffered abrasions to its back-end and its side. He says it's not clear what may have caused the injuries.