Now Playing:

News

Endangered Killer Whale's Heartbreaking Vigil For Dead Calf Continues


A female orca that appears to be grieving has been carrying her dead calf in the water, keeping it afloat since the baby died a week ago. (Taylor Shedd/Soundwatch, taken under NMFS MMPA permit #21114)

A female orca that appears to be grieving has been carrying her dead calf in the water, keeping it afloat since the baby died a week ago. (Taylor Shedd/Soundwatch, taken under NMFS MMPA permit #21114)

A female killer whale off the coast of Washington state appears to be grieving her dead calf. The endangered orca gave birth a week ago, and the calf died shortly afterward. The mother has been keeping its body afloat ever since.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jenny Atkinson, executive director of the Whale Museum on San Juan Island. The group has a boat on the water and is monitoring the mother from a distance.


The Whale Museum has been sharing updates on its Facebook page. The whale recordings in the audio atop this post come courtesy of SMRU Consulting.

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

More News

More OPB