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By Jessica Pierce
University of Colorado Denver 

What the grieving mother orca tells us about how animals experience death

 

August 24, 2018



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(THE CONVERSATION) For many weeks, news of a mother orca carrying her dead infant through the icy waters of the Salish Sea captured the attention of many around the world. Keeping the infant afloat as best she could, the orca, named Tahlequah, also known as J35 by scientists, persisted for 17 days, before finally dropping the dead calf.

This has been one of the most protracted displays of marine mammal grieving.

Among scientists, however, there remains a prejudice against the...



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