Unhappy killer whales that made global headlines two years ago for carrying their dead calf for more than two weeks are now a new mother, researchers announced Sunday.
The Whale Research Center said the endangered orca whale, named Tahlequah, was spotted with its new calf in the eastern strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington State, US.
The group said on their website, “Hooray! Her new calf showed her mother as well as swimming independently and healthy, on the second day of her life.”
Oreca Mom is ready to take care of WHO, which is already ready, researchers said
Researchers believe that the calf, known as J57, was probably born on Friday because its dorsal fin was straight.
“We know that it was not born today because its dorsal fin was straight, and we know that it takes a day or two after bending in the womb, so we consider September 4, 2020, our birthday.” Where is the group said.
The southern resident killer whale, Tahlekah, was isolated from most other whales and was observed to be “very high” after crossing the border into Canada.
“We ended our encounter with him after a few minutes and wished him well on his way.”
ORCA has been taken care of, CALF is being set up for now
Tahlekah famously performed a “grief tour” in the summer of 2018, carrying her dead calf for more than 1,000 miles in 17 days.
The group said the whale, also known as J35, became pregnant again in February last year. She was spotted in July.
In a blog post from July, marine conservation group SR3 reported that pregnant whales have been spotted among southern killer killer whales. The research was based on aerial photographs collected by Holly Fernbach of SR3 and John Durban of Southall Environment Associates.
“With such a small population (the Center for Whale Research reflects the population at 73 whales), every successful birth is extremely important,” SR3 stated in its blog post.
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The Marine Mammal Commission says that the population of the southern resident killer whale was 76 in June 2019, its lowest point in 34 years.
Fox News’ James Rogers and Madeline Fish contributed to this report.