Whale Pod Refuses to Cooperate and Leave Port|7小虎鯨困高雄港15天 專家援救未果


Seven pygmy killer whales have been in the waters off of the Port of Kaohsiung for 15 straight days. To rescue them, experts from the National Cheng Kung University tried to inject anesthesia into one of the less active whales. However, the whale unexpectedly became more active and attempted to attack the experts with its peers.


It took Coast Guard personnel four attempts with a blowgun to successfully inject anesthesia into a pygmy killer whale.

The result was unexpected. The whale became more active, and the six others accompanying it sensed that something was wrong, and surfaced out of the water to try and attack Ocean Conservation Administration personnel.

It is difficult to remove it from the pod, because the other whales are very protective and they will make threatening motions such as jumping out of the water or slapping the surface.

On May 4, seven pygmy killer whales unexpectedly approached the Port of Kaohsiung's No. 100 pier. The pier is used by China Steel Corporation to load and unload vessels. The OCA immediately issued an announcement warning incoming and outgoing vessels to remain alert. Meanwhile, attempts to entice the whales with food or administer anesthesia in order to relocate the pod back into deeper waters all failed.

It has begun raining heavily in the south. Let's see if the weather will entice them to leave the port.

China Steel Corporation said large vessels are manually piloted into the port, and therefore will not endanger the whales. Pygmy killer whales are a communal animal, and will attack as a pod if there is danger to any single whale. At present, conservation personnel can only bide their time and monitor the animals to find an opportunity.



海巡人員以吹箭方式,嘗試了四次,終於成功把麻醉針注射到小虎鯨身上。

但出乎意料的是,小虎鯨活動力更強了,而其他六隻同伴警覺到有異,浮出水面,試圖要攻擊海保署人員。

海保署副署長 吳龍靜表示:「從這個群體當中,移出來的話,會有困難,因為其他這種小虎鯨,這種保護行為太明顯,跳出水面,拍打水面,這種威脅的動作。」

五月四號,七隻小虎鯨無預警游進高雄100號碼頭,這裡正好是中鋼船隻裝卸貨地點,海保署趕緊公告,提醒進出船隻要注意,讓保育專家頭痛的是,嘗試過食物誘引,或是像這次施打麻醉針,卻都失敗。

成大生物暨鯨豚保育中心主任 王浩文表示:「南部也開始下大雨了,看在這天候情況之下,牠們會有離港情況。」

中鋼表示,大型船隻都有引水人引航,不會危及小虎鯨的安危,而小虎鯨是群體動物,只要同伴有難,就會群起攻擊,保育人員目前只能按兵不動,密切觀察再從長計議。

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