J50 to be treated for parasite found in fecal sample

High levels of Contracaecum, a nematode parasite that is commonly found in killer whales and other marine mammals, was found in the fecal sample collected from a group of Southern Resident Killer Whales - J50, J16, J42 - last weekend in the Salish Sea. The parasite is not usually a problem in healthy animals, however, in an orca in an emaciated condition such as J50 the parasite can penetrate the stomach lining, introducing bacterial infection to the bloodstream, or it can bore into internal organs.

Researchers gathering breath sample from J50 earlier this month. 

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Field carrier landing practice schedule at NAS Whidbey August 20-26, 2018

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – There is a change to the scheduled aircraft carrier-based flight training operations occurring at Ault Field the week of August 20-26, 2018. The flight operations for Wednesday, August 22, have been changed from the afternoon to the morning. There are still no Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations scheduled for the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash. during that week.