The duel of an orca shocked the entire world in the summer of 2018. Tahlequah, a killer whale from the Victoria area, Canada, lost her calf just minutes after giving birth and held her lifeless body for 17 days, in what experts call the ‘mourning tour’, a kind of mourning ritual that consists of holding and transporting dead babies as a sign of the “incredibly strong bond and affection” between the mother and her offspring.

Now, two years later, the Center for Whale Research (Center for Whale Research) -dedicated to the study and conservation of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest-, wanted to share good news: the orca has become a mother again and both have been seen swimming with the herd in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, as reported by the SDPnoticias.

According to the center in a statement, on September 5 they spotted a new calf, and later they identified the mother, who was Tahlequah, also known as J35. “She was still capable of producing a live calf after a gestation of about 18 months! Hooray!”, they state in the letter in which they made the news public.

Breeding she is healthy and swims with her mother, according to the investigators, that they anticipate that it could have been born on September 4 “because its dorsal fin was erect, and we know that it takes a day or two to straighten after being crouched in the womb.”

The good news has been very well received by researchers, who lament that the nutritional stress suffered by killer whales in recent years the percentage of mortality in young calves has increased, which currently stands at 40%. The birth of this new calf -which they have named J57- is therefore a “success” for them, bringing the total number of the population of this endangered species to 73, according to the Center’s records. research.

The orca Tahlequah carried the lifeless body of her calf for 17 days.
Michael Weiss / Center for Whale Research