Grieving Killer Whale Finally Drops Body of Dead Baby Calf 17 Days Later

A Southern Resident killer whale whose calf died shortly after birth last month was finally seen swimming without the carcass 17 days later … according to scientists, who say her “tour of grief” is over.

The Center for Whale Research announced Saturday that the mother orca in question — who goes by both Tahlequah and J35 — was seen swimming solo near British Columbia with her pod chasing a school of salmon … the first time it’d been seen without the body of her deceased calf since July 24.