Whales are people too

“Last summer, the plight of the southern resident orcas—which migrate along the craggy Pacific shoreline between southeastern Alaska and central California and are icons of the Salish Sea—turned dramatic and inescapably anthropomorphic. A new mother, J35, carried her deceased calf draped over her nose throughout the coastal waters, buoying it for seventeen days. The public outpouring in response was swift. How could you not cry? Here was a mother that could not let go of her child, which had died in a marine habitat that’s a watery flashpoint for political and economic debate in western Canada.”

Lyndsie Bourgon – The Walrus – July 2019


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