One Sweet Thing: Tahlequah Is a Mom Again

Photo: Katie Jones, Center for Whale Research

The San Juan Islands’ endangered orca whale population has a new baby in its midst and it belongs to the whale known to scientists as J35, or Tahlequah.  She became famous in the summer of 2018 after she swam with her dead calf for 17 days over 1000 miles in what the Center for Whale Research describes as her “Tour of Grief.” Tahlequah’s new calf, J57, appears healthy and happy and was observed swimming vigorously with her, according to The Center. The population of resident orca killer whales there now numbers 73.  Sweet!  We can almost hear Raffi singing about baby whales…

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