JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to a NewsHour Shares, a story that caught our eye. It's very rare for a beluga whale calf to become separated from its mother. So, when a team of veterinarians discovered one on a rocky Alaska beach, they went into overdrive to save the endangered whale, whose numbers have been declining in Cook Inlet. From Alaska Public Media, Valerie Kern sent this profile of the woman who led the rare rescue.
DR.CARRIE GOERTZ, Director of Animal Health, Alaska SeaLife Center: I was actually out in the Cook Inlet doing a necropsy of another beluga whale, and part of the team wound up leaving the area when they spotted what they at first thought was another carcass. And so they went to check it out. And lo and behold, it was a live calf. Their first response was to try and see whether it would go back into the water, but, unfortunately, it wouldn't. My name is Carrie Goertz. I'm the director of animal health care at the Alaska SeaLife Center. We primarily care for seals and otters, as well as walrus. So it's very unusual for us to have a beluga here. And there have only been a few other beluga calves in North America that have come in for rehabilitation. Initially, just like with any kind of sick person, he was rather punky and didn't have a whole lot of energy. He obviously did damage to some of his muscles, just bruising and whatnot from laying on a beach, rather than floating in the water. And he did have pneumonia. Fortunately, for this calf, we felt that he had been with mom for a little while, so he got that initial burst of antibodies and good stuff from mom. And he also had learned some behaviors. Like, he knew how to suckle and he very quickly learned to suckle from a bottle. And so that helped him out in particular. The aquaria in the Lower 48 have been extremely generous, sending staff and helping in numerous ways.
JESSE CILETTI, Trainer, Mystic Aquarium: Yes, made it all the way over. We had to check him out. My name is Jesse. I'm from Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. I'm a trainer of cetaceans and pinnipeds there. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is my first day in with him in the water, and it's amazing. The trust that he has for us and the willingness for him to come over, not only for his bottle, but for tactile and just that interaction, is awesome.
DR.CARRIE GOERTZ: Over time, we have been able to let him spend more time on his own.
He also -- we can tell he's -- when he's moving his head, he's working on his echolocation and exploring. And he certainly interacts a lot with people and play with them. Caring for stranded animals, it's an opportunity to learn about the species and the pressures going on in the population in the wild. This is the first beluga from Cook Inlet that we have been able to do a hearing test on. But it's also important for the greater population, for scientists and resource managers, because one of the concerns of what might be a pressure to the Cook Inlet beluga whales is their ability to hear in what's a very noisy environment. So, having that information will help scientists better understand potential impacts to the population. There has been interest across the nation, and we will probably be talking about him for a very long time.
JUDY WOODRUFF: When the young calf is healthy enough, he will be moved to a new facility, but will not return to the ocean, since he's become dependent on humans for survival.
1.decline in 下降
The new system may be more economic but will lead to a decline in programme quality.
2.wound up 最终
Both partners of the marriage wound up unhappy.
3.check it out 查清楚
Maybe we ought to go down to the library and check it out
4.care for 照顾
They hired a nurse to care for her.
茱蒂·伍德瑞夫：现在我们来看NewsHour Shares，有一个故事引起了我们的注意。白鲸幼崽与母亲分开实为罕见 。所以，当一头白鲸幼崽在阿拉斯加州的一个岩石海滩被一行兽医发现时，他们迅速介入，拯救这一濒危物种，该物种在库克湾的数量一直呈下降趋势 。阿拉斯加公共传媒，瓦莱丽·科恩勾画了这一领导此次罕见救援的女性形象 。
神秘水族馆的教练杰西·奇莱蒂：是的，从头帮到尾 。我们得去看看他 。我叫杰西 。我来自康涅狄格州的神秘水族馆 。我是一名鲸目动物和鳍足类动物教练 。这绝对是一个千载难逢的机会 。这是我和他在水里共度的第一天，真是太棒了 。他对我们的信任以及他来到这里的愿望，不仅仅是为了他的奶瓶子，也是为了接触与彼此的互动，这真是太棒了 。
卡丽·戈茨医生：随着时间的推移，我们已经能够让他花更多的时间进行独处 。他也——我们可以看到他——当他晃动头部，他在努力定位和探索 。他当然也和人们有很多互动，和人们一起玩 。照顾搁浅的动物，是一个了解该物种的机会，也能借此了解该种群在野外环境中所承受的压力 。这是来自库克湾的第一头白鲸，我们已能为他做一个听力测试 。但对于更大的种群，对于科学家和资源管理者来说，这也很重要，因为库克湾白鲸所承受压力的一个方面来源于他们需要在极度嘈杂的环境中保持听力 。因此，掌握这些信息将有助于科学家们更好地了解，这些种群所受到的潜在影响 。全国各地都有人对此感兴趣，我们很可能在未来很长一段时间内，对他加以谈论 。