Mourning marathon ends for Orc mother, seen without a dead calf for the first time in weeks
“We first saw J35 and his son J47 walk away from the main group, then looking at them we quickly realized there was a very small fin hidden next to them,” said Sarah McCullagh. , naturalist and captain of San Juan. Safaris in a press release.
“I was obviously thrilled, so excited for J35 after the incredible loss she suffered a few years ago, but also for the Southern Resident community as a whole. I really cried.
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The nonprofit group, the Center for Whale Research, confirmed the birth and said the new calf – dubbed J57 – appeared “happy and precocious” and “swam vigorously alongside its mother on its second day of birth. free swim”.
“We hope this calf is a success,” the group wrote on its website. “Unfortunately, with whales having so many nutritional problems in recent years, a large percentage of pregnancies fail and there is about 40% mortality in calves.”
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Southern Resident Killer Whales remain critically endangered, and scientists believe that the lack of chinook salmon, their main food source, as well as marine noise and environmental pollution are all contributing factors.
Even with the birth of J57, there are only 73 orcs left in the party.
J35 made international headlines in 2018 when her youngest child died shortly after birth. She then took the young whale’s carcass with her for over two weeks and 1,500 kilometers.
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