A fifth new orca calf has been spotted swimming near Tofino off the coast of Vancouver Island.
Jennifer Steven of Tofino’s The Whale Centre says she and her husband were called Wednesday to check on a mother and calf after seeing an orca swimming alone the day before.
Steven describes the moment she and her husband saw the pair.
“She was alone with this baby calf. It was almost like it was learning how to swim. It was coming up for one breath of air, and swimming around, just kind of erratically – playing actually. And the mom was slowly doing large circles coming up for one or two breaths every four minutes…and they were just together.”
“We realized right away that this orca baby was brand new, had been born probably in the last 24 hours up behind Meares Island, so it was quite exciting.”
Steven says the pair are transient orcas — not part of any endangered Southern Resident pod.
She says the baby, tagged as T-121-A1, looks both happy and healthy.
See more pictures of the new baby orca at The Whale Centre Facebook page.