Next up for wayward whales: fire hoses, antibiotics

Still stuck in Rio Vista 
Sounds of clanging pipes, feeding humpbacks and killer orcas failed.

No one has done this before. – Marine Biologist

Wayward Whales and pipes

Associated Press
May 24, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

RIO VISTA, Calif. – Marine biologists said Thursday that they planned to spray fire hoses in a river near two lost, injured whales in the next attempt to coax the pair back toward salt water.

The method has never been tried before, and biologists don’t know how the whales will respond Friday. If the whales like the spray, crews will try to lure them back to the ocean; if they hate it, they’ll try to force them there.

“No one has done this before,” said Frances Gulland, who is leading the campaign to move the pair back to the ocean. “At this point, we don’t know if it will be a deterrent or an attractant,” she said.

Biologists planned to spray near the whales both above water and underwater from the deck of a boat on the Sacramento River. The approach comes after attempts to lead them back to sea using the sounds of clanging pipes, feeding humpbacks and killer orcas failed.

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