Grieving Orca Lets Go of Dead Calf After Carrying It Over 2 Weeks

A Southern Resident orca who carried the corpse of her calf for at least 17 days in mourning has released it.

Ken Balcomb, executive director of the Center for Whale Research, spotted orca J35 with her pod off San Juan Island on Saturday, and said the ordeal of carrying her dead calf is over.

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