RIP, Young Orca J-50

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Today, we mourn.

Above: Here is J-50 swimming along with her mother.
Photo: AP

J-50, a 4-year-old female orca with the imperilled southern resident pod off the coast of Washington state in North America, was presumed dead Thursday after a long health battle that spurred unprecedented US governmental intervention. Officials with the country’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) still plan to search for her, but their intensive searches Thursday turned up no sign of J-50. She hasn’t been since seen September 7, according to the Seattle Times.

Nicknamed Scarlet for marks near her dorsal fin, J-50 was the last “successful” birth of the pod, but she started to lose a concerning amount of weight last year. Out of desperation, officials


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