Another baby orca has been born to the J pod, the Center for Whale Research confirmed on Friday.
It’s a boy: Orca whale calf born in Puget Sound is a male
This new baby is the second calf born this month for the pod that makes its home in Puget Sound waters.
The new baby is the second born to J41, also known as Eclipse. Her first calf, J51, was born in 2015.
“We’re very pleased to see that J41 has had her baby,” said Ken Balcomb, founder and executive director of the Center for Whale Research. “However, it’s too soon to determine the status of the calf, and further observations are necessary before we’ll make an announcement of the new baby’s health.”
The Pacific Whale Watch Association reports the birth was witnessed by professional naturalists Talia Goodyear and Leah Vanderwiel on the Orca Spirit Adventures vessel Pacific Explorer off the Victoria, B.C., waterfront on Thursday.
“We spotted who we soon identified to be J41 just southwest of Race Rocks,” Goodyear said. “She appeared to be alone at the time and stayed very close to the surface for a few minutes. After going under for several minutes, she reappeared, and this time it looked like she was pushing something with her rostrum. She surfaced like this three or four times.”
“It took us a little while to really figure out what was going on,” Goodyear said, “so it was a bit of an emotional roller coaster as we thought of all the possibilities. Although we thought we were

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