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Orca mother ends ‘tour of grief’ for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles

By Johnny Lieu

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For 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles.

The orca’s unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait chasing a school of salmon without her newborn.

“Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky,” the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online.

August 11, 2018
J35 update: “The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness.”
– Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6

— Whale Research (@CWROrcas) …

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