Its a Girl! Newborn in Endangered Orca Pod

January 8, 2015 5:10 PM

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This new year has started off pretty good for conservationists and killer whales alike, after a pod of endangered orcas off the coast of Washington State welcomed its first newborn in more than two years. The baby whale is thought to have been born right around the wrap-up of December, and has since been identified as a hale and hearty female calf.

The new baby whale is believed to be the 50th member of the J-pod, which spends a good deal of its time near the Puget Sound, a large Pacific Ocean inlet. For researchers who designate these whales alpha-numerically, the newborn is simply called "J50."

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