Tahlequah’s story is heartbreaking. The southern resident killer whale, who lives along the Salish Sea off Pacific northwest coast, carried her newborn calf around for nearly a month after it died. The tragic spectacle captured our hearts and attention, but it also highlights a larger problem.
Tahlequah isn’t the only whale suffering in her pod. Washington officials enacted an emergency mission to help another sick and malnourished whale get antibiotics and food. It was a drastic measure, but with just 75 of these majestic creatures left, every single whale counts.