21 Jul 2021

Orca calf Toa's injuries need continued monitoring - DOC

12:39 pm on 21 July 2021

Stranded orca calf Toa remains in a stable condition but onsite veterinarians are continuing to monitor some health worries, the Department of Conservation (DOC) says.

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Toa remains in the temporary pool and still has injuries from being stranded. Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

DOC marine species manager Ian Angus said while some of the injuries sustained by the calf during the stranding were healing well, others needed to be watched.

Toa is still in a temporary pool with conditions still too rough to allow it to be moved back to the sea pen.

The bad weather means the team will be unlikely to have boats out to follow up pod sightings.

DOC urged people to report any sightings of orca pods.

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