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J50 Update: New images may shed light on health problem

New aerial images collected through a collaboration between SR3 and NOAA Fisheries' Southwest Fisheries Science Center has given researchers new insight into the condition of J50 and her mother, J16.

Aerial image of Southern Resident killer whale juvenile J50, swimming alongside her mother (J16) on September 3rd 2018 (right) for comparison. This highlights the small size and thin body profile of J50. Images by Holly Fearnbach (SR3) and John Durban (NOAA) obtained with an unmanned drone, piloted non-invasively >100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit #19091.

NOAA staff say these images will help the teams assess further options to support J50.

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