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Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA
      #139187 - 03/21/09 10:17 AM

Here's a video:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/singingfish/3285377425/in/photostream/

The space does look really small for her.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Kasatka]
      #139202 - 03/29/09 06:23 AM

wow, it does. Are they going to release her?

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139206 - 03/29/09 06:25 PM

I didn't know she was a calf when rescued - that might make it harder. This one does say their goal is to release her, though.

They have a video here (she is so cute):



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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139212 - 03/30/09 09:24 AM

As far as I understand it's up to the Canadian government, not VA, if she is releasable. Down here if a cetacean still has to be bottle-fed when rescued or requires daily meds it isn't releasable.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139214 - 03/31/09 05:49 AM

Thanks Ruka. It would make sence that if she was bottlefed she couldnt' be released. Now given the pills thing well we have to give our rescued seals pills and we can release them. Maybe that is a state by state thing.

She is adorable. Does VA have the ability to keep her?


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139216 - 03/31/09 08:00 PM

When I said daily meds, I mean for the rest of its life.

I'm sure VA will keep her with the lags.

But exactly, how will they teach her how to be a harbor porpoise? It isn't really fair to her, and it's unknown if she got the right anti-bodies to survive.


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139217 - 03/31/09 08:58 PM

You can't "teach" an animal to be anything... There was a raccoon at our zoo who thought he was a lemur because he was housed with lemurs. It's an unfortunate problem with captivity - none of the animals are doing what they would do normally in the wild and therefore are unable to in any way identify with their wild cousins.

If Daisy remains in captivity and is housed with the Lags, she may very well decide that she is a Lag. For her, it's that or die.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: UlisesGirl]
      #139224 - 04/02/09 05:21 AM

Sorry Ruka, I miss read it with the meds. I read it as giving them any meds forced them to not be released, but it meant another.

I know when Mystic got Phoebe she was about a year old and was deemed unreleaseable because of the hunting issue. If Daisy needs meds and is nursing captivity is probably best for her.


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Nikki]
      #139225 - 04/02/09 05:12 PM

Which I find is fine. She truly will be an ambassador for her species. They are all over up there, and now people will really learn about them through her.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139226 - 04/03/09 01:52 PM

You have no idea how many times I would point out Harbor Porpoises when I worked on the boat and how many people had no idea what they were. Everyone comes to see the orcas but had no idea we had so manay differnt cetaceans in the San Juans (6 common ones, and some vistors we don't see often, about to be 7 common ones, are seeing Lags more often around the San Juans)

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Kasatka]
      #139273 - 05/31/09 11:07 PM

She was only a few weeks old when she was rescued...
her skin was badly burnt, she was so weak and would float motionless, only be held above water by the floating device staff and volunteers built (without it she would have drowned). It was a miracle that she survived.
She had to be stomach-tubed for several months before she finally started to eat fish and dive!
She is housed at the rescue center which is an entirely different location than the aquarium itself.
I don't think she had a chance of surviving out in the ocean, she does not know how to hunt and all by herself she would be snapped up by a transient in a second. Harbour porpoises usually live in small groups.
If I remember correctly she was recently considered unreleasable.


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Klondike]
      #139274 - 06/01/09 11:10 AM

Do you think she'll be put with the lags?

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139282 - 06/06/09 01:02 AM

Hm. I don't think she will ever be on public display or in the actual aquarium. But who knows what happens, especially since the number of lags can only decrease...I know they were talking about shipping her to the US before but I am not uptodate. I used to help out with "Daisy" when she was just brought in and needed to be tube-fed and supported during her swim exercises, haven't seen her since then.
The aquarium is very strict about cleaniness and possible transfer of diseases, e.g. if you help out at the rescue center, you are not allowed to go to the aquarium for the next 24 hours and they expect you to shower and change your clothes, so I am not sure if they would want to bring the porpoise to the aquarium.


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Klondike]
      #139283 - 06/06/09 03:12 AM

After a proper quarantine period and many vet checks, the notion of transferring diseases is virtually eliminated. Any facility in the US would certain require Daisy to have undergone the aforementioned things, and I would guess the VA is the same way. At some point, it should be safe to introduce Daisy to an area that exposes her to the dolphins.

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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: loveforRuka]
      #139284 - 06/07/09 07:34 PM

Just got new info:
Daisy is actually coming to the Aquarium, and she is going to be put in with the seals.


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Re: Daisy - harbor porpoise at VA [Re: Klondike]
      #139291 - 06/20/09 03:46 AM

Hmmm, is that why the old Seal Pool is under renovation, or is she going in the back tank at Wild Coast?

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