ORCA BABY: Researchers' first look at J57, newborn Southern Resident Killer Whale

Orca that carried her dead calf in B.C. waters for 17 days gives birth again

Orca that carried her dead calf in B.C. waters for 17 days gives birth again

The new calf, which was seen for the first time by researchers on Saturday, brings the population to 73.

Tahlequah, known to researchers as J35, gave birth to a calf last week, according to a news release from the Whale Research Center.

Tahlequah's pregnancy was one of several pregnancies recently discovered among the J, K and L pods by marine mammal researchers with SR3 SeaLife Response, who use drones to monitor the southern residents. The calf died a few hours after birth, but the mother prevented it from sinking for more than two weeks. The mother continued to carry the calf, pushing it through the water and repeatedly diving deep to retrieve it when it fell away.

Tahlequah made headlines in 2018 when she swam about 1,600 kilometres of ocean with the body of her dead calf.

The "healthy and precocious" new calf was spotted swimming alongside its mother in the USA waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on Saturday, the Centre for Whale Research said in a statement. The southern residents primarily eat chinook salmon, which has become scarce.

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"A handsome day, lots of southern residents, and all of a sudden they get into these massive cuddle puddles and lots of social mixing", he said.

Photos taken by researchers on Saturday show the new calf, J57, poking its head out of the water and swimming alongside its sibling and its mother.

It's not clear if the baby calf is a boy or a girl, but Hall said it is clear the birth was successful and the new calf will have a great family structure.

Kelley Balcomb-Bartok, spokesperson for the PWWA, said it was an emotional day and a large gathering of the animals.

"It was like a big picnic", Balcomb said.

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