Covid-19 Threatening Orcas!|
posted on June 14, 2020
Orca Action Month 2020 # 5
Covid-19 Threatening Orcas!
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic Lifeorce has sent advice to Provincial, State and Federal Health agencies in Canada and the US urging them to protect endangered orcas and any possible chain of contamination to other wildlife. Gloves and masks used to contain Covid-19 are being thrown away in wildlife homes. Sewage continues to pollute orca habitats and threatens salmon that is a vital food source for endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales and others.
The new SARS-CoV-2 can survive in feces for weeks. The virus was found in European cities’ wastewater systems before cases of Covid-19 were confirmed there. In Boston and the Netherlands the idea to begin testing wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 emerged after research revealed that virus particles could be shed through stool and other bodily fluids.
Orcas in Captivity
A captive beluga whale infected with a coronavirus showed signs of severe liver damage. In another captive beluga a coronavirus was implicated in the cause of death. Three captive bottlenose dolphins had coronaviruses. However, as also found in people with Covid-19, they had no notable symptoms. So dolphins may be infected with coronaviruses but can appear to be in good health. That could even expose customers in “splash zones” and petting and feeding infected captives.
Although it has been under reported by the aquarium industry the same pathogens causing respiratory infections are found in both captive orcas and humans. At least 40 captive orcas have died from respiratory related diseases. This includes “Tillikum” who died from a bacterial respiratory infection in January 2019 after years of unsuccessful treatments. (Tillikum was first at Sealand in Victoria, BC)
In the Wild
Researchers have found that baleen and toothed whales, such as orcas, narwhals and belugas, may be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2. The zoonotic transmission of coronaviruses from cetaceans to humans and humans to cetaceans is possible.
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