Wayward Whales Status: Not Looking Good, Orcas Sounds Next

Whales in Sacramento River

RIO VISTA, Calif. (AP) – Scientists hope recordings of orcas attacking a mother whale and her calf will persuade a pair of ailing humpbacks meandering in a freshwater river to head back toward the ocean.

The tactic is just the latest that increasingly concerned marine biologists have come up with to coax the two lost, injured whales back to the ocean. They have spent more than a week in freshwater, which they are not physically equipped to inhabit.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of optimism right now,” said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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