Killer whales J19 and J41 were spotted swimming protectively beside a new orca calf this week. The estimated one-week-old killer whale, J51, is presumed to be the offspring of 36-year-old J19.
10-year-old J41 is the daughter of J19. According to the Center for Whale Research J51 appears to be healthy.
Also seen was J50, the calf born in December 2014. With the birth of J51, the pods population is 26.
J pod is one of the three pods that make up the federally endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population. K pod numbers 19, L pod 34.
J41, J19 swimming with new calf J51 in the strait of Juan de Fuca. Photo by Dave Ellifrit of the Center for Whale Research.
- J50 to be treated for parasite found in fecal sample
- NOAA tried to feed J50 off of the west side of San Juan Island
- Updates on J50: Still with her pod
- 'Very, very thin' killer whale injected with antibiotics near the San Juan Islands
- Update August 9 on efforts to assess/medicate J50
- Update August 8 on J50
- Update on efforts to help J50
- NOAA still looking for J50 so assessment can be done; J35 not seen in a few days
- NOAA checking J50's health Aug. 5; decision Monday on action
- J52 "Sonic" died - 3rd of 6 "2015 baby boom" orca to die
- Update on killer whale "Class of 2015"
- All four baby orcas doing well especially J50
- Update on J50 ,J51 and L121
- J51 and J50 spotted swimming with their moms
- New calf sighted in J pod.