It’s a bonafide orca baby boom.
Puget Sound’s endangered J-Pod has been spotted with a new calf, born to a 38-year-old grandmother nicknamed “Princess Angeline”.
Michael Harris with the Pacific Whale Watching Association says that’s good news.
“She has two grand kids, so a very experienced mother, and a very experienced extended family of J-pod within the southern community. And she’s – he or she – is in great hands. So we’re very confident.”
The calf dubbed J-53 is the sixth born to the area’s Southern Resident pods since December, bringing the population to 82.
Harris says good salmon runs this year are likely behind the boost in breeding.
Photo was taken by Dave Ellifrit for Center for Whale Research