Washington DC: Mother, a feeling far above any emotion that is spread across all species of the natural world, cannot be explained in just mere words. A mother’s grief upon the death of her offspring is unimaginable. Two years ago, the world watched a mother orca who upon losing her newborn, carried it around as she moved for over two weeks. Now, that same orca is pregnant again.
SR3, a non-profit dedicated to improving marine wildlife health and welfare, announced over the weekend that Tahlequah or J35, as she’s known by researchers, was expecting.
The mother orca isn’t the only Southern Resident orca expecting. According to drone photos, she’s just one of several pregnant killer whales that have been identified by researchers since early July, according to SR3, a sea life response, rehab, and research group.
In 2018 Tahlequah swam with her dead infant for 17 days. Refusing to let it fall, she forced the carcass across the coast of Canada and the Northwestern US into the Pacific Ocean.
According to SR3, the orca population is a broad blended family consisting of three social classes, or pods, with orcas come from each pod. Nonetheless, it is uncertain exactly how many.
Due to their endangered status, the pregnancy boom among this population may seem like a hopeful prospect. But scientists at SR3 say it is nothing unusual and noted that many southern resident pregnancies have resulted in unsuccessful births due to poor nutrition linked to a lack of prey.