Tahlequah the orca – famous for carrying her dead calf for 17 days – gives birth again

Researchers estimate the new calf, which was seen ‘swimming vigorously alongside its mother’, was born last week

An orca who became famous around the world in 2018 when she carried her stillborn calf aloft in the water for 17 days has given birth to a healthy baby.

The not-for-profit Center for Whale Research spotted the baby, dubbed J-57, “swimming vigorously alongside its mother”, named Tahlequah, on Saturday in waters near the border between the US state of Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia. They estimate that the calf was born on Friday.

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