Monday, 6 April 2015

Whale watchers spot fourth newborn among endangered orcas

Population of killer whales that swim in Washington state waters experiences baby boom as fourth newborn is spotted off British Columbia
Associated Press in Seattle

Tuesday 31 March 2015 22.59 BST

The endangered population of killer whales that spend time in Washington state waters is experiencing a baby boom with a fourth baby orca documented this winter.

The newborn was spotted on Monday by whale-watching crews and a naturalist in the waters of British Columbia, according to the Pacific Whale Watch Association, which represents 29 whale-watching operators in Washington and British Columbia.

The orca was swimming with other members of the J-pod, one of three families of orcas that are protected in Washington and Canada.

Ken Balcomb, a senior scientist with the Center for Whale Research on Friday Harbor, confirmed the birth to the Associated Press on Tuesday. The center keeps the official census of endangered southern resident killer whales for the federal government.

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