Grieving Orca Mother Carries Her Stillborn Baby For 17 Days And Refuses To Abandon Her

It is no longer a secret, our biodiversity is exposed to a real mass extinction. Between the progressive destruction of ecosystems, the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases, the decline and extinction of certain animal species, our planet is obviously dealing with an undeniable cataclysm. And so to speak, this tragic story of an Orc mum carrying her dead calf on the surface of the Pacific Ocean for nearly 17 days, is only the sad reflection and can precipitate a little more awareness on the animal condition and the current state of our ecosystems.

The Center for Whale Research (CWR), a Pacific population research center, issued a news release on August 11 about an Orcian mother who traveled more than 1600 km for 17 days pushing the remains of her stillborn calf baby. on the surface of the water off the west coast of Canada.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had already spotted a few days earlier thanks to the fishermen's alert the Killer whale named Tahlequah and set up an emergency rescue plan due to the flagrant slimming of the cetacean.

The Center for Whale Research (CWR) reassured Tahlequah of the condition by informing her that she appeared to be in good physical shape and that her behavior had regained its former vigor.

Grieving Orca Mother Carries Her Stillborn Baby For 17 Days And Refuses To Abandon Her

Incredible story
According to the Center for Whale Research (CWR), Tahlequah also known as J35, found his Orc group and normal activity after having pushed for seventeen days over 1600 km the dead body of his dead calf just after his birth. Attitude for the least common Orc females but which is new for such a long distance and duration, as confirms Christophe Guinet, CNRS researcher at the center of biological studies of Chizé in the Deux Sèvres arguing that this attitude is indeed of an "unseen" character; an unusual and deep mourning.

"It's like she does not want to let go of her baby calf; As if she was languishing in pain, "says Ken Balcumb, chief scientist at the San Juan Island Whale Research Center.

This moving image denotes that the maternal instinct is natural and that it exists in humans as well as in mammals; an innate instinct to protect his offspring.

Orcs threatened with extinction?
Orcas can live very long, over a hundred years. However, their breeding season is quite limited. If they do not reproduce, their group will gradually lose members, until their complete disappearance.

The Center for Whale Research CWR explains the decline of these cetaceans by the decrease in the number of king salmon, constituting the main source of food for orcas. This species of salmon is itself affected by this decline and assigned to the rank of species "endangered" by the International Union.

Currently, about 75% of calf infants in the last two decades are at risk but have not survived and 100% of pregnancies in the last three years have not produced viable offspring.

Extinction of species
This phenomenon still gives us a glimpse of the current state of our terrestrial resources and the state of our ecosystems, which have been altered for the most part by human behavior that has had considerable harmful effects on them.

There are countless works by scientists, validated by leading scientific journals demonstrating the imminence of mass extinction, and there are more than 26,000 species of wild flora and fauna surface of our planet. Direct consequence of global warming and other environmental factors caused by human activity.

If the human way of life does not align with a notion of sustainable development and if we do not witness a fundamental transformation of our societal functioning without delay, biodiversity will continue to wither on the four borders of the world, altering in a significant and irreversible nature's capacity to contribute to the well-being of human beings and living beings.
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