Posted by: The ocean update | June 2, 2019

Newborn baby orca spotted swimming with J pod (British Columbia, Canada)

A new baby was spotted swimming with the endangered southern resident killer whale J Pod off Tofino on Thursday. (John Forde and Jennifer Steven)

Marine biologist says in light of struggles facing southern resident killer whales, the news is ‘fantastic’

May 31st, 2019 (Karin Larsen). A newborn orca calf has been spotted off Tofino, B.C., swimming with J Pod, an endangered population of southern resident killer whales.

John Forde and Jennifer Steven of the Tofino Whale Centre, who spotted the whale, posted photos of the baby on the company website.

“From my experience, I’m going to guess it’s days old. It’s bright orange. It had the fetal folds still. It’s so tiny, it looked so fresh,” said Steven.

According to the B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network, most killer whale calves are born with this yellow or orange colouring, and take on their stark, black-and-white colour within their first year.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the birth via Twitter.

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