The Pacific Northwest orca who has come to be called Tahlequah is still carrying her dead baby, more than two weeks after the hapless calf was born, very briefly lived, and died.
The dead baby weighs 400 pounds. The pod swims dozens and dozens of miles a day. Food is scarce; that’s why the pod is having so much trouble reproducing. There is no way the mother is getting enough food to make up for the energy she is expending to hold on to her baby.
Yet hold on she does. She is not ready to let her baby go.
For all of us who follow her journey, this all feels inexplicably sad.