Two years ago, an orca whale, carried her stillborn baby for 17 days, and left the world teary-eyed.
The endangered killer whale named Tahlequah, travelled at least 1,000 miles and did not let her dead child sink at any cost all through the time it mourned.
The same whale has become a mother once again.
According to reports, she might have given birth this Friday.
NEW PHOTO: Just received this photo from the Pacific Whale Watch Association – showing J35 (Tahlequah) as she emerges from the waters off the San Juan Islands yesterday with her 10yo son J47 and her new baby, J57.— Steve McCarron KOMO (@SteveTVNews) September 6, 2020
Photo courtesy: Sarah McCullagh/PWWA pic.twitter.com/jKvZgNGML6
The newest calf, listed as J57, was apparently spotted in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates the Olympic Peninsula of Washington from Vancouver Island.
Talking about the health of the newborn, Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, said:
The baby looked very robust and lively, so I have good expectations for this one surviving.
The birth of the new calf has left marine biologists and researchers thrilled and excited.
Hopeful for a healthy and long life for the new calf, Dr. Deborah Giles, a whale researcher at the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology, said:
I can’t help but be thrilled that she had this baby and this baby didn’t die right away. Everybody is worried and on pins and needles, wondering if this calf is going to make it.
Netizens also expressed their excitement and wished that the baby orca lives long.
Family photo! The good news we all need 💙💙💙 https://t.co/YOaqaTZmIV— lee stoll (@LeeStoll) September 7, 2020
Congratulations!!! https://t.co/JMPd6UgZgm— Denise Whitaker🏃♀️ (@deniseonKOMO) September 7, 2020
This makes me unbelievably happy. https://t.co/WRuVxugCi1— Manda is going to turn around these edits (@MandaTheGinger) September 6, 2020
This is great!!!!! https://t.co/4d5a3Sn6Cu— ZachaRyan (@wbnc) September 6, 2020
New neighbor 👋 https://t.co/7udI1xrudx— Lex (@Gnautism) September 6, 2020
Tahlequah has a new baby! Oh I hope this one survives and thrives!! https://t.co/5cQnXWoVSM— CanGal 🥄 (@CanGal_39) September 6, 2020
The birth of the new orca brings their population to 73 individuals and this is such great news for an endangered species.