Starving orca J50 finally spotted alive; emergency action could start Wednesday
A sick and starving orca that had been off the radar since last week was spotted near the west end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Tuesday evening. Michael Milstein with NOAA Fisheries said J50 was seen with her mother, J16, which is a good sign. Earlier Tuesday, federal officials had said they received legal permission to move forward with the treatment J50. The emergency plan is to inject the killer whale with antibiotics through a pole system from a boat.