Birth of Rare Orca Calf Brings Hope
Great news: Tahlequah, the mother orca who carried her dead calf for 17 days and 1,000 miles in 2018, has given birth again — this time to a healthy newborn.
Southern Resident killer whales are a critically endangered population of orcas on the West Coast. The scarcity of the salmon they eat — plus pollution, noise and disturbance from boats — has driven them to the edge of extinction. Tahlequah's new calf brings their known population to just 73 whales.
For almost two decades, the Center for Biological Diversity has been working to save these killer whales. Last week we launched a lawsuit against the planned expansion of Seattle Harbor, which would hurt the orcas through more ship activity and dredging up toxic contaminants as the channel is enlarged.
Tahlequah's baby inspires us to keep fighting for these rare animals. You can support this work with a donation to our Saving Life on Earth Fund.