This behavior of the whale can be a way to survive the loss of the other cub.
Off the coast of Vancouver island orca for 16 days floating in the ocean with her dead baby on her back. It is known that these whales continue to care for their young for some time after their death, but this individual – record, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to liga.net.
Ken Balcombe, senior researcher, Center for whale research said that his team had a chance to see how mother orcas care about dead children during the day. It can sometimes last for several days.
Scientists have suggested that this behavior of the whale can be a way to survive the loss of the other cub. “To lose kids very tragic for these animals, and this is happening at a record pace,” said Balcombe.
Apparently, the calf of this individual died on July 24, but researchers do not know the causes of death. Balcombe also noted that such a strong expression of sorrow on my mother’s side – very unusual.
In Canada and the United States believe that orcas are endangered. These whales feed on a special type of Pacific salmon – Chinook. But the number of these fish in recent years dramatically decreased.