Posted by: The ocean update | December 6, 2015

New orca born to endangered Puget Sound orca pod (Washington state, USA)

Puget-Sound-Orca-Pod-New-BirthDecember 6th, 2015 (Molly Solana). Another new orca has been born to Puget Sound’s orcas, the Southern Resident Killer Whales, the Center for Whale Research announced on Saturday.

The calf was first found swimming with L-Pod off West Seattle in November, but the Center for Whale Research could not confirm the birth until the recently past Friday.

The new baby has been named L123. Its mother is L103, who took birth in the year of 2003. Because of poor visibility and hostile sea conditions, it took numerous weeks to confirm the birth of the new calf. It is the seventh baby born this year.

Marine biologists at the research center and other experts said that the increasing population of the killer whales required more attention to ensure their survival.

Orca Conservancy President Shari Tarantino said, “With all these new mouths to feed, it is now more important than ever to continue doing everything we can and help these orcas survive, and increasing their food supply, Chinook salmon, is front and center.”

With the addition of L123, the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales community now has a total of 84 members.

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