Researchers’ firsthand accounts of Tahlequah’s new calf, cause for celebration or concern?

Possibly the best news story of all of 2020, J35 Tahlequah gives birth to a new calf, just two years after her “tour of grief” where she carried a deceased baby 17 days and over 1,000 miles. We talk with Dave Ellifrit and Katie Jones of the Center for Whale Research who were both on the scene and took incredible photos documenting the newest member of J pod. They share what it was like to be on the water and the emotions that followed. After Tahlequah’s tragic loss two years ago, should people be celebrating or concerned? Dave and Katie weigh in.

All photos in this piece are credited to Katie Jones and Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research.

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