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Orca still separated from family pod

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/07/2016

The orca calf © Facebook/Orca Research Trust The orca calf There's still no sign of the family pod an orca calf has been separated from off the coast of Bay of Plenty.

Representatives from the Department of Conservation, local iwi and the Orca Research Trust met on Friday to discuss what to can be done for the calf, who is losing condition.

DOC's Tauranga-based operations manager Jeff Milham said everyone at the meeting agreed that reuniting the lone orca calf with its family pod was the key to its long term survival in the wild.

"The difficulty we all face is finding the young orca's family pod as there have been no indications where the calf has come from," he says.

DOC has been monitoring the calf for more than a week and is getting increasingly worried about its welfare.

The whale is still swimming freely on Friday.

Boaties and the members of the public ate being told to keep away.

The group agreed to explore measures that may enable the orca to survive on its own and to explore ways of locating its family pod.

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