Sixth Baby Orca Spotted In Puget Sound

Posted: Oct 26 2015, 9:55pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Sixth Baby Orca Spotted in Puget Sound
  • Environmentalists celebrate the Arrival of a Sixth Baby Orca Whale in a Year

Environmentalists are celebrating the arrival of a sixth baby Killer Whale in less than a year. This baby boom of sorts has taken place off the coast of Washington.

Puget Sound welcomed its sixth baby orca. The Center for Whale Research has tagged the new baby Killer Whale as J53 on its Facebook Page. It can now be seen cavorting with an adult female Killer Whale named Princess Angeline.

Environmentalists and conservationists are currently having a field day. This baby boom is being termed the Class of 2015. It is a rarity that has inspired so many who are working to save endangered species.  

There could be more additions to the already increasing pack of baby orcas. As they say “the more the merrier”. Meanwhile, the survival of the baby orca is being seen as little less than a miracle of sorts.

Hopes are running high among the conservationists that the Killer Whale populations might be stabilized sometime in the future thanks to the unceasing efforts of human beings who care for animal life. The baby was born to a pod of orcas near the San Juan Islands. Termed the J Pod, it is one of three such pods. 

Great news!!! A new calf was documented today in J pod! The calf, designated J53, was seen traveling with J17. This is...Posted by Center for Whale Research on Saturday, October 24, 2015

One of the conservationists has said that it is a fantastic event and indeed good news. It is a Brady Bunch you see out there. J53 is the fourth calf born in the pod. The new birth has been ratified via several pics of the baby orca taken by marine wildlife enthusiasts.

The fetal folds on the skin of the newly born baby orca show it to have emerged from its mother’s womb just a few days back. Another pod called L Pod has seen births since December. While the gender of J53 remains a mystery, it is said that it is a girl. 

There has only been one other female born among the whole brood. While mostly the ratio of males to females is almost equal, this time around, the majority of the baby orcas born were males. Male orcas have a longevity of 50 to 60 years in the wilderness.

Females can survive to be 90 or above. A female orca passed away last week. However, the overall population of orcas or Killer Whales has increased over the years so now the conservationists are pretty confident that these rare forms of marine life will survive in the foreseeable future. 

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