After more than two weeks, orca drops body of her dead calf

The Center for Whale Research says the killer whale, known as J35, was spotted without her baby while she "vigorously chased a school of salmon" for about a kilometre over the weekend.

The heartbreaking story of an orca whale mother who has been carrying her deceased calfs body with her for more than 1,500 km has come to an end.

Her grieving lasted for at least 17 days, researchers said.

Tahlequah captured nationwide attention after being spotted carrying her dead calf, which died about a half hour after being born on July 24, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Researchers had anxious J35, who was last spotted with her dead calf Wednesday, was not eating properly and was spending too much energy pushing the corpse.

"Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky". "Now we can confirm that she definitely has abandoned it".

According to Ken Balcomb, executive director of the Center for Whale Research, the 20-year-old whale appeared healthy despite her weeks-long ordeal.

Researchers say an endangered killer whale that drew global attention as she carried her dead calf on her head for more than two weeks is finally back to feeding and frolicking with her pod.

The centre says the carcass likely sank to the bottom of the Salish Sea, and researchers may not get a chance to perform a necropsy.

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