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Orca Grieving Dead Calf Spotted Near Washington's Olympic Peninsula

Orca Grieving Dead Calf Spotted Near Washington's Olympic Peninsula

Close-up view of an orca swimming. (Michael Valos/Dreamstime.com)

Thursday, 09 August 2018 02:04 PM

An orca grieving her dead calf was found still clinging to her baby more than two weeks after the newborn died.

Michael Milstein, a spokesman with NOAA Fisheries, says researchers on Wednesday spotted the 20-year-old whale known as J35 carrying her dead young off the tip of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

The calf died July 24 and the image of the mother whale clinging to the dead calf has struck an emotional chord worldwide.

Milstein says researchers with Fisheries and Ocean Canada also spotted another member of the same pod — the 3 ½-year old whale J50 that is emaciated. The ailing orca was swimming with her mom Wednesday.

A team of experts led by NOAA Fisheries have been searching for the young whale to assess her health and potentially give her medication.

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