Newborn Orca Spotted in Puget Sound

Written by on August 9, 2012 in Marine Life

A newborn orca was spotted on Monday afternoon along the west side of San Juan Island in Puget Sound.

Southern Resident Killer Whales. Photo Credit: NOAA

Southern Resident Killer Whales. Photo Credit: NOAASouthern Resident Killer Whales. Credit: NOAA

Three pods, known as the Southern Residents, are known to live in Puget Sound, and this newborn (J-49) belongs to the J pod.  Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research believes it was born to an 11-year-old female, J-37.

“It looked good,” he said. “It was breathing regularly and looked healthy.”

They believe the new calf is the great-granddaughter of J-2, “Granny,” a 100-year-old orca and the oldest of the local pods.

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Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC.

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