By The Canadian Press on December 28, 2023.
A new calf has been born to the J pod of British Columbia’s endangered southern resident killer whales.
The U.S.-based Center for Whale Research says the calf was first spotted in Washington state’s Puget Sound on Dec. 26, and was a newborn since it wasn’t with the pod when it was observed three days earlier.
It says in a statement the calf was seen near an adult female known as J40, making her the likely mother, something researchers hoped to confirm.
The sex of the calf isn’t known.
Salmon-eating southern resident killer whales live in the Salish Sea off British Columbia and Washington in three pods known as J, K and L.
An annual census by the Center for Whale Research put the southern resident population at 75 orcas this year, including 25 in J pod.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 28, 2023.