Grieving orca still swimming with her dead calf off United States peninsula

A baby orca whale was pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria British Columbia. The new orca died soon after being born and was seen on Tuesday

A baby orca whale was pushed by her mother after being born off the Canada coast near Victoria British Columbia. The new orca died soon after being born and was seen on Tuesday

The whale was spotted on Wednesday afternoon with the J-pod of orcas.

"Progress!" NOAA Fisheries declared in a tweet.

Worldwide response teams reached J Pod today in Canadian waters and followed them into US waters near San Juan Island. "While very skinny and small, J50 / Scarlet kept up well with her mother and siblings".

Vancouver Aquarium's head veterinarian, Dr. Martin Haulena, examined the orca.

They were able to obtain a breath sample from the juvenile female orca to help assess any infection she might have and they also administered a dose of antibiotics.

"Next step is to determine whether to proceed with trial feeding, depending on conditions and the location of the whales". "Great work by the teams on the water!"

J50, a starving 3-year-old orca, was spotted alongside the J Pod Thursday.

J50 was last spotted Wednesday alongside her mother.

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"Tracking the animals in close proximity is challenging", Hanson said, mentioning that breath sampling is almost impossible in bad weather.

"This is completely unprecedented, and honestly your guess is as good as ours as far as what is going on here", Deborah Giles, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Center for Conservation Biology, said in a phone interview.

But the carcass, which Tahlequah has now carried for around 1,000 miles, is starting to deteriorate, and Giles said her mourning may soon come to an end. The scientists said they have no plans to intervene; removing the dead calf would have serious repercussions to the group.

NOAA Fisheries says the global team reached 3 1/2-year-old orca known as J50 Thursday in the waters near Washington state's San Juan Island.

The pod's pregnancies haven't produced a viable offspring over the past three years, said the research centre.

Scientists are anxious that Tahlequah's behavior may harm her health, and they are keeping a close eye on her. Cold water may attribute to the lack of decomposition.

The calf was believed to have died of malnutrition shortly after her birth.

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