Female orca born to endangered southern resident killer whale pod might be getting 'babysat' by grandmother

January 8, 2015 10:23 PM

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Female orca born to endangered southern resident killer whale pod might be getting 'babysat' by grandmother

VANCOUVER — Scientists were fairly certain that a matron killer whale from an endangered pod off British Columbia's coast had given birth to the newest calf — then new evidence made them change that opinion.

Ken Balcomb, from the Center for Whale Research in Washington state, said they spotted bite marks on the female calf that led them to believe another whale acted as a type of marine midwife.

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