Orca Killer Whale Stuffed Animal Toy by Leather Monsters- A Tribute to J17 ~ Tahlequah

Orca Killer Whale Stuffed Animal Toy by Leather Monsters- A Tribute to J17 ~ Tahlequah


Tahlequah is one of Princess Angeline's (J-17) offspring. Her two living siblings are her brother, Moby (J-44), and her sister, Kiki (J-53). Tahlequah is mother to Notch (J-47) who was born in 2010. Her niece, Star (J-46), is three months older than Notch. Mothers to several of the younger whales in this family group, Tahlequah and Princess Angeline have been instrumental in maintaining their dwindling numbers.

The southern resident killer whales (SRKW) represent the smallest of four resident communities within the Northeastern portion of North America Pacific Ocean.

It is the only killer whale population listed under the Endangered Species Act by the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In Canada the SRKW are listed as endangered on Species at Risk. They are commonly referred to as the "orcas of the Salish Sea",and fish eating orcas.

Unlike other resident communities, the SRKW is only one clan (J) that consists of 3 pods (J, K, L) with several matrilines within each pod.

As of June 2018 there are only 75 individuals that make up this small population. The world's oldest known killer whale, Granny or J2, had belonged to and led the J pod of the SRKW population. Granny was estimated to have been born around 1911, which means she would have been 105 years old at the time of her death, and the oldest known Orca to date.

This wee orca is 14 inches long and 7 inches tall- there are no eyes on this sweetie, as when I was a kid I thought the white patches were the eyes and wanted to pay homage to that:) If you require an orca with black eyes behind the white patches contact me and I will make one just for you.

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