Center for Whale Research Press Release: As of September 19, 2017, another Southern Resident Killer Whale, J52 - a two and a half year-old male born during the so-called Baby Boom of 2015/2016 is deceased, presumably from malnutrition. His obligatory nursing ended more than a year ago, and his life was dependent upon salmon that have become in short supply this summer. He was last seen alive near the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on 15 September 2017, and photographs taken at the time reveal severe “peanut-head” syndrome associated with impending death.
J52 showing the characteristic “peanut head” depression behind the outline shape of the skull covered by a thin blubber layer. Note eye in front of eyepatch. Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research
- Published in Whales