Injured Baby Right Whale Given Grim Prognosis After 2nd Look

Jan 14, 2020

Government experts say a newborn right whale spotted with grievous head wounds off the coast of Georgia is unlikely to survive.

However, there is still a chance scientists may try to inject the baby whale with antibiotics using a syringe fired from an air gun. The injured calf and its mother were first spotted last week by an aerial survey team off the coast of Georgia.

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Dr. Teri Rowles is a veterinarian for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He said Monday that scientists got a closer look by boat last week and found wounds to the calf's mouth and the top of its head were worse than initial photographs led them to believe.