Vicotira – A heartbreaking scene. A killer whale called Tahlequah (J35) was able to her deceased calf but not letting go. Two and a half week long pushed the orca, her dead daughter, swimming forward with her forehead. Last Saturday she said goodbye to her young.
A killer whale called Tahlequah was able to her deceased calf but not letting go.
The past 17 days, the mother is more than 1,600 miles off the coast of the United States and Canada. All the while, she kept her deceased young above water, to prevent the carcass would sink. “Her journey of grief is over now, and its behavior is remarkably playful,” writes the Center for Walvisonderzoek.
It happens unfortunately more often that young calves may not survive. According to scientists, are a lack of food – in particular the chinookzalm and toxic substances that are by the ships in the water, are the cause of.
Orkamoeder keeps dead baby in the days to surface
According to Biologist Robin Baird is not the first time that orcas such behavior. “It shows the strong bond the animals have with each other. The bond between mother and child is amazingly strong. The mother showed her calf occasionally loose, but at the time it sunk to the bottom, and plunged them again and brought them back to the surface,” says Robin Baird.
The mother hunts now and again for salmon off the coast of Canada.
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