Researchers found orca whale still holding on to her dead calf 9 days later

The orca whale first made waves recently for carrying her dead calf for days.
1:45 | 08/02/18

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Transcript for Researchers found orca whale still holding on to her dead calf 9 days later
Extremely cancer. And about what's happening this. And the majestic southern resident killer whale to 830 sign it. He's the living illustration about what's happening to the southern resident population. Forbidden ninth day the grieving mother continues to push her deck half through the waters of Puget Sound. Experts believe that ate these debt could be attributed to malnutrition. Simply put lack of chinook. Sam and we are concerned you know that. Because she's spending a lot of time getting a skater that she's not necessarily foraging. 835 was spotted this afternoon in the Georgia strait. It's believed her family who was also swimming with her it sharing their food so she can eat that contain. You know no rest either. And just having to keep constant attention it's amazing she must be exhausted. This center per whale research says the greeting mama orca has swam nearly 700 miles in the last nine days. Pushing her baby who only live for thirty minutes. The cat's death is a big blow to the endangered population and a wake up call that they need more chinook salmon it is currently available in different. The best time to recover work as the best time to recover chinook. It was thirty years ago so miss that so the second best time is right now. Mindy Roberts with the Washington environmental council says we must increase pray produce toxins and vessel noise. Or are majestic southern residents will simply dying off. Without our intervention we just on how much time left. And Ella tells me they are currently assembling a neat crop seed team and hopes of eventually recovery and that lake calf. To be able it pinpoint exactly how she died. In Seattle tonight and care costs and H come on east.

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