Attempts under way to save beached False Killer Whale
31st October 2014;
Fishery officials and veterinarians have been closely monitoring a False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) which beached itself on the shore in Pak Pha-nang district of Nakhon Si Thammarat since Thursday.
Mr. Santi Nilwat, a fishery official at the marine resources and research centre in Songkhla, said his men and veterinarians from Phuket have taken turns to watch the whale around the clock and have occasionally applied cream on the animal’s body to prevent its skin from getting dry since Thursday.
He disclosed that the whale was found to have contracted infectious diseases in its respiratory system causing it to have difficulty in breathing. Its general condition is not good and it cannot swim by itself, he added.
Saline water mixed with antibiotics has been intravenously administered to try to save the animal, said Mr. Santi.
Source: Thai PBS
The article misidentified the animal in distress as a Killer Whale or Orca (Orcinus orca).
Update: Unfortunately, the False Killer Whale has died, and a necropsy revealed that it had ingested pieces of plastic, which might have contributed to its poor condition and death.