Grieving Orca Whale Releases Dead Calf
More than two weeks after the death of her baby, a grieving orca whale has released her dead calf’s body.
This after carrying it around the Pacific Northwest’s waters.
The Huffington Post reports that the adult female named Tahlequah, or J35 by scientists, was spotted swimming without her baby near San Juan Island off Washington’s coast on Saturday.
According to Ken Balcomb, executive director of the Center for Whale Research, the 20-year-old whale appeared healthy.
This despite her weeks-long ordeal.
He told Seattle-based station King 5 in an email, “J35 frolicked past my window today with other J pod whales, and she looks vigorous and healthy."
August 11, 2018 J35 update: “J35 frolicked past my window today with other J pod whales, and she looks vigorous and healthy.
The ordeal of her carrying a dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness.” - Ken Balcomb https://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/kn3pfC7woK