Endangered killer whale carries her dead calf for 'record' 17 days in 'tour of grief' captivating researchers

Endangered killer whale carries her dead calf for 'record' 17 days in 'tour of grief' captivating researchersResearchers say an endangered killer whale that drew international attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod. The Center for Whale Research in Washington state says it watched the orca, known as J35, chase a school of salmon in Haro Strait west of San Juan Island on Saturday afternoon. The whales have been struggling because of a lack of salmon, and J35’s calf died soon after birth on July 24. The mother carried the baby on her head for at least 17 days, in an image of grief that struck an emotional chord worldwide. She finally abandoned the carcass as it decomposed. Center for Whale Research founder Ken Balcomb says he is immensely relieved to see J35 returning to typical behaviour.  Researchers say they are immensely relieved to see J35 returning to typical behaviour Credit: Center for Whale Research “Her tour of grief is now over and her behaviour is remarkably frisky,” the Center for Whale Research said. It added: “The carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of these inland marine waters of the Salish Sea [between Canada and the US], and researchers may not get a chance to examine it for necropsy (autopsy of an animal).”


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Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles

Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 milesFor 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles. The orca’s unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait off Victoria, British Columbia, chasing a school of salmon without her newborn. SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union “Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky,” the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online. August 11, 2018 J35 update: “The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness.” – Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6 — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) August 12, 2018 The CWR added that the baby’s carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of the Salish Sea, meaning that researchers may not get a chance to examine it. On Jul. 24, Tahlequah’s baby orca died shortly after birth, in what has been a common story for the southern resident killer whale population.  Over the last two decades, 75 percent of SRKW newborns failed to survive. The last successful birth was in 2015, when two calves were born. In the hours, then days after the death, Tahlequah was spotted trying to keep her baby’s head above the water’s surface, reluctant to leave the body behind. “That’s not unprecedented, but it’s the longest one that I’ve personally witnessed,” Ken Balcomb, CWR’s founder and principal investigator, told
The Washington Post. These orcas are facing a real threat of extinction, with no successful pregnancies in the last three years. At just 75 whales, the population is at its lowest in 30 years. The SRKW’s decline is linked to the reduction in population of its primary food source, Chinook salmon. Canada’s government announced in May it would cut the allowable catch of Chinook by up to 35 percent to help protect the orca. WATCH: This tiny robotic spider might one day perform surgeries inside your body


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'Tour of grief is over' for killer whale no longer carrying dead calf

  1. ‘Tour of grief is over’ for killer whale no longer carrying dead calf  CNN
  2. After 17 Days And 1000 Miles, A Mother Orca’s ‘Tour Of Grief’ Is Over  NPR
  3. Grieving Orca Finally Drops Dead Calf After 17 Days: ‘She Looks Vigorous and Healthy’  PEOPLE.com
  4. Adopt An Orca | The Whale Museum  The Whale Museum
  5. After Calf’s Death, Orca Mother Carries It For Days In ‘Tragic Tour Of Grief’  NPR
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After 17 Days and 1000 Miles, A Mother Orca's 'Tour Of Grief' Is Over

  1. After 17 Days and 1000 Miles, A Mother Orca’s ‘Tour Of Grief’ Is Over  NPR
  2. Grieving orca mom lets go of dead calf after carrying it for more than 2 weeks  USA TODAY
  3. Update: Orca abandons body of her dead calf after a heartbreaking, weeks-long journey  Washington Post
  4. 17 days and 1000 miles later: Tahlequah stops carrying her calf  seattlepi.com
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Santa Fe senior class balances grief and memories with celebration at graduation ceremony

Two weeks after the massacre of 10 fellow classmates and teachers, the seniors from the Santa Fe High School class of 2018 gathered on a sweltering football field Friday night to receive their diplomas. The 328 graduates viewed a montage tribute to the victims on the stadium’s video display board.

     

 

 


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Grief and anguish transcend two faiths' prayers after Texas school shooting

Grief and anguish transcend two faiths' prayers after Texas school shootingBy Liz Hampton SANTA FE, Texas (Reuters) – The rituals and religious traditions may have been strikingly different, but a Methodist memorial service and Islamic funeral prayers held in two Houston suburbs on Sunday shared a profound anguish at the lives lost to high school gun violence in Santa Fe, Texas. The two services unfolded a day after authorities officially released the names of the eight students and two teachers slain on Friday at Santa Fe High School, marking the fourth deadliest shooting at a public school in modern U.S. history. “What was supposed to be a safe place was not,” Rusty Norman, president of the Santa Fe Independent School District board of trustees, said as he addressed about 100 congregants at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.


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Mass Shooting in Australia Leaves a Tiny Community in Shock and Grief

  1. Mass Shooting in Australia Leaves a Tiny Community in Shock and Grief  New York Times
  2. Margaret River shooting: Relatives ‘stunned’ by killings  BBC News
  3. Margaret River mass shooting: three guns at scene belonged to children’s grandfather  The Guardian
  4. Margaret River massacre: Three guns found at deadly scene licensed to farm owner and granddad Peter Miles  The West Australian
  5. Seven people found dead in mass Western Australia tragedy in a home near Margaret River  NEWS.com.au
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At gun control rally in Parkland, grief is transformed into hope

At gun control rally in Parkland, grief is transformed into hopeA little over a month after a school shooting killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, hopeful locals gathered on Saturday to demand change. The protesters met at Parkland’s Pine Trails Park, the same place where a somber vigil was held in the wake of the February 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “The vigil was a night of mourning and this day is an active day,” Kuishawn Cole, a 17-year-old Stoneman Douglas student, told AFP.


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New Xbox One Update Adds 1440p Resolution And A New Way To Grief Others

  1. New Xbox One Update Adds 1440p Resolution And A New Way To Grief Others  GameSpot
  2. Microsoft’s Xbox spring update adds 1440p support and new Mixer features  The Verge
  3. Yes, Xbox Live is down  Polygon
  4. XBox Live down leaving thousands of XBox One users with error message and unable to access servers  Mirror.co.uk
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Trump tells nation's governors to turn grief into action on violence after Florida shooting

  1. Trump tells nation’s governors to turn grief into action on violence after Florida shooting  Chicago Tribune
  2. Trump: I would have run into Florida school shooting without a gun  NBCNews.com
  3. Trump calls for closer attention to warnings after Florida massacre  Reuters
  4. The Finance 202: #BoycottNRA courses through Wall Street  Washington Post
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