After 17 heartbreaking days, Tahlequah (J-35), the orca mother who captured the world's attention, has finally stopped carrying her dead calf through the Salish Sea off the Pacific coast of Washington and British Columbia. In response, Greenpeace USA released the following statement calling for greater efforts to protect endangered Southern Resident Orcas, of which only 75 remain. Scientists have also been tracking J-50, a 3 ½ year-old member of the same pod who is sick and at risk for an early death.
Arctic Sunrise stopped in Friday Harbor earlier this summer. Sharon Kivisto photo