It's a girl! Baby orca determined to be female

January 8, 2015 12:45 AM

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It's a girl! Baby orca determined to be female

The new baby whale in J pod, called J50, is alive and well, and researchers have determined that the baby is female.

The new baby was first seen in the San Juan/Gulf Island archipelago on Dec. 30 when she was estimated to be 4-10 days old, and it quickly became the subject of mystery because she was swimming with a female whale (J16) that is estimated to be 43 years old – beyond reproductive age.

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