SEATTLE (AP) — The Center for Whale Research says a baby orca has been born to the endangered population of killer whales that frequent Puget Sound.
Research center scientist Ken Balcomb says he and another scientist spotted the new baby Tuesday in J pod. That’s one of three families of whales that spend time in the inland waters of Washington state and Canada.
He says the mother whale is J-16, a 43-year-old female that has had three surviving calves and two non-surviving calves.
The new baby is estimated to be a day or two old and appeared healthy.
The baby orca was seen swimming with its mother and 8-year-old sister off the Canadian Gulf Islands of British Columbia.
The news is being celebrated after the death of a 19-year-old pregnant orca earlier this month.
The birth brings the Puget Sound orca population to 78.
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