Grieving Orca Whale Releases Dead Calf After More Than Two Weeks

Grieving orca lets go of dead calf after carrying it over 2 weeks

Grieving orca lets go of dead calf after carrying it over 2 weeks

J35, also known as Tahlequah, was seen Saturday off San Juan Island without the calf, the Center for Whale Research said in a web post.

"She is alive and well and at least over that part of her grief".

"J35 frolicked past my window today with other J pod whales, and she looks vigorous and healthy", Balcomb wrote in an email.

In addition to tugging at heartstrings, the calf's loss was a major blow to the local endangered killer whales' population, which has just 75 orcas.

"Telephoto digital images taken from shore show that this mother whale appears to be in good physical condition", CWR said in a statement on Saturday.

"There had been reports from brief sightings by whale-watchers two days ago that J35 (Tahlequah) was not pushing the calf carcass in Georgia Strait near Vancouver", researchers said.

She finally abandoned the carcass as it decomposed. The calf was born on July 24 near Victoria, but died shortly after being given life.

The Centre for Whale Research said the carcass had "probably sunk to the bottom of these inland marine waters of the Salish Sea" and it would be hard for researchers to locate it for necropsy.

More than two weeks after the death of her baby, a grieving orca whale has released her dead calf's body after carrying it around the Pacific Northwest's waters.

Both Canada and the U.S. list the Southern Resident killer whale as endangered.

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