A New Hope for Killer Whales Endangered Species

January 7, 2015 2:35 PM

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New hope for killer whales emerges as a newborn orca was spotted in the Pacific Ocean’s inlet known as Puget Sound on the 30th of December. This unusual sighting was made by one of the Center for Whale Researches top scientists, dr Ken Balcomb. Now the baby orca swims off the coast of Washington state. Thought to be older than a week now, this newborn is a new hope in more than two years. Sightings like this are rare. According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), about 35 percent to 45 percent of newborn orcas lose their life before the age of 1.

The name of the newborn orca is J-50 and its mother is not known. Ken Balcomb said that two potential candidates are J-16 and J-36. J-16 is a 43-year-old female. She had three calves that survived and J-50 can be her calf. J-36 is another candidate for being the mother of J-50. She is a younger fema...

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