SEATTLE (AP) — A new baby orca wasn’t the only interesting discovery NOAA Fisheries researchers made while tracking endangered killer whales at sea.

The team returned to Newport, Oregon, earlier this week after 21 days spent following the orcas to find out where they go and what they eat in the winter.

Researchers are sharing findings at a briefing Thursday.

The team was able to follow the orcas every day by satellite tracking as the whales swam up and down the Washington and Oregon coast.

For the first time, they spotted a baby orca on the coast and the spotted groups of whales reuniting offshore. They also got out on smaller boats to catch fecal samples and fish scales from whale kill’s to study what the orcas eat.

 

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