News from Around Banderas Bay | April 2007
|Because Nature Is Wonderful|
Paul Fitzpatrick - PVNN
A baby Orca (killer whale) was rescued off the Pacific Coast of Mexico on Thursday, April 12th in the fishing town of San Blas, Nayarit. The baby girl, who marine mammal experts from Puerto Vallarta's Dolphin Adventure Center confirm is only 2 weeks old, had appeared to be tangled in fishing nets and had been badly scratched and cut by the rocks on which she was washed up.
The animal was immediately flown by Vallarta Adventure's private plane to their facilities in Nuevo Vallarta, approximately 1 hour south of San Blas. There, the dolphin center's staff and vets are keeping a watchful eye on “Pascualina” and nurturing her back to health. The baby Orca has been named after the Spanish word "Pascua" which means “Easter” because she was saved during this holy week.
For over 12 years, Vallarta Adventure's dedicated team has rehabilitated many stranded dolphins and rescued several humpback whales caught in fishing nets, but this is their first experience with an Orca, which are rarely seen in Banderas Bay.
The modern facilities and highly trained marine mammal experts at Dolphin Adventures ensure that Puerto Vallarta has the resources to help in any situation, but they have called experts from Sea World in San Diego who will be visiting over the weekend to lend a helping hand.
We'll keep you posted as the story progresses and bring you video footage of Pascualina's rescue and stay at Vallarta Adventures. For more information about the dolphin center or to contact Vallarta Adventures, click HERE.