Image : Following Whales Up a Creek

The mother and calf humpbacks, nicknamed "Delta" and "Dawn", were wounded with gashes, without food, and in completely fresh water that degraded their skin. Their plight captured international interest and prompted the first successful injection of wild whales with antibiotics. Needles from the injection (visible in the larger whale) remain in place for hours before dropping out. (Photo by Jamison Smith, NOAA)


Last updated: February 27, 2018