Southern Resident Orcas Have a New Calf! (12/20/11)

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J 16 with previous calf (2007) Courtesy the Center for Whale Research)

Orca Network has just announced that a new calf has been born to J pod, the most consistently seen pod in the Puget Sound/Central Salish Sea region of Washington state.  This brings the total to for J pod to 27, and the total number of whales comprising the Southern Residents to 89. It is only the second birth this year for the Southern Resident Orca population (K pod returned with a calf in July).
Here is the report from Orca Network:
“Big news! It’s been kept quiet to make sure all parties confirmed, but NOAA’s NW Fisheries Science Center and the Center for Whale Research have confirmed that on December 17, 39-year old J16 (Slick) gave birth to a new baby calf in Puget Sound, probably only a few hours judging from the fresh fetal folds, before being seen and photographed by veteran field researcher Candice Emmons of NWSFC.
This makes J16’s fifth calf since her first, J26, was born in 1991. She was the sixteenth J pod orca photographed and identified by Mike Bigg in 1972, and is among the oldest whose age is known exactly. Her matriline is known as the J7’s after J16’s late mother. Photos of the family can be found by scrolling down the Center for Whale Research matriline guide.”
Keep checking Orca Network for sightings of the new calf, and ‘Like’ them on Facebook.  You can also sign up for their email updates.  This time of the year the orcas are often seen near Seattle, looking for winter stocks of salmon:

“Things So. Res. orcas already know: Where there are herring there are blackmouth (resident Chinook salmon). Some hot spots include “beginning around Illahee, north through the entrance to Liberty Bay, both sides of Agate Pass, the Suquamish and Indianola shores, and most of the north end of Bainbridge Island. The herring are named the Port Orchard/Madison Herring Stock.”
Guess where J pod and K pod have been foraging lately.” (Orca Network).

Check The Center for Whale Research for more information on the Southern Resident orcas.

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