A brand new baby Southern Resident killer whale has been born!
Well folks we have some great news. A brand new baby killer whale has been born to the local L pod family of southern resident killer whales. These whales were recently seen near San Juan Island which is where researchers saw and photographed the new calf. Yipee!
This is pretty big news because it’s the first calf born into this pod since January 2019. And while an exact date is not known, we do know its been born recently due to fetal folds. However, this pod is known for losing calves in pretty tragic ways. So we’re going to keep our fingers crossed for baby L125. But for right now, the baby is looking nice and healthy.
A new calf in L pod! The Center for Whale Research (CWR) is thrilled to confirm that a new calf, L125, has been born into the Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) community. https://t.co/pLc7lCSxQK pic.twitter.com/TSxpFbu7EP
— Whale Research (@CWROrcas) February 18, 2021
In case you didn’t know southern resident killer whales are endangered so this makes babies an even bigger deal. To put it in perspective, with the new baby there are now 75 of these whales. So we’re hoping that this is new addition is a good omen for 2021 and for our state’s whale population.
If you’d like to learn more about L125 you can click here. And while details are still limited we are sure that more details will come. After all who can resist a cute baby whale? We sure can’t and we wish all the best to L125 and the L pod.