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17 days and 1,000 miles later, grieving orca lets go of her dead calf

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It was the swim that the whole world watched.
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After 17 days and 1,000 miles, mother orca Tahlequah drops her dead calf

After 17 days and 1,000 miles, mother orca Tahlequah drops her dead calf

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Tahlequah the mother orca is no longer carrying her dead calf. “J35 frolicked past my window today with other J pod whales, and she looks vigorous and healthy,” Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor, Wash., wrote in an email. “The ordeal of her carrying a dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness.”
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Orca's ‘tour of grief' over after carrying dead calf around for nearly 3 weeks

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VANCOUVER - Researchers say an endangered orca's “tour of grief” is over after she spent nearly three weeks towing her dead calf around the Pacific Ocean.
The Center for Whale Research says the killer whale, known as J35, was spotted without her baby while she “vigorously chased a school of salmon” for about a kilometre over the weekend.
The centre says J35 appears to be in good health based on telephoto images, in spite of concerns that she may not be able to forage for food while carrying around the carcass.
It says there had been reports “from brief sightings by whale-watchers” two days...
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