FRIDAY HARBOR, WASH, – The orca mother that sparked international headlines by carrying her dead calf for more than two weeks off the Pacific Northwest coast in 2018 has given birth again.
The Center for Whale Research says a new calf was spotted on Saturday with a pod of endangered Southern resident killer whales and the mother has been identified as J35, or Tahlequah.
The center based in Washington State says the new calf appeared ” healthy and precocious, swimming vigorously alongside its mother in its second day of free- swimming life.”
It estimates the calf was born on Sep, 4 , since its dorsal fin was upright and the fin takes a day or two to straighten after being bent inside the womb and Tehlequah had not yet given birth when was spotted on Sep. 3.
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