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Orca mother carries dead calf for 17th day as it starts to ‘come apart’ | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

Orca mother carries dead calf for 17th day as it starts to ‘come apart’ | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — An orca mother off the coast of Canada continues to hold on to her dead calf, even as its carcass decomposes on top of her.

Ken Balcomb with the Center for Whale Research said the southern resident orca J35 was spotted Thursday in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off the south shore of Vancouver Island. She was still holding her dead calf, marking day 17 of her “tour of grief.”

The baby is starting to fall apart, Balcomb said.