Another baby orca born! It’s the second in the past 2 months

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

New calf in J-pod, J-51, with her mother, J-19. (Photo: Dave Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research)


New calf swimming with its mother and sister. (Photo: Dave Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research)

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — A new baby orca was spotted Thursday, raising the number of endangered killer whales in the Pacific Northwest to 79, the Center for Whale Research announced.

It’s the second baby orca to be born in the past two months. In late December, a baby female orca was spotted among the Southern Resident’s J-pod.

The newest addition, also in the J-pod, is estimated to be about a week old, the center said. Its gender is not known yet.

The calf’s presumed mother, 36-year-old J-19, and her 10-year-old daughter, J-41, were seen swimming protectively (See Photo) on either side of the new baby, which has now been designated J-51.

This brings us to 26 whales in J-pod, the most viable pod in the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population of the U.S. and Canada Pacific Northwest. K-pod has 19 individuals, and L-pod has 34 individuals for a total population of 79 as of Thursday.

“That number can change anytime with the birth or death of one of these charismatic whales,” the center said.






Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.