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