A+ A A-

New orca calf seen with J pod

The Center for Whale Research has received reports and photos from Puget Sound killer whale researchers Maya Sears and Mark Sears of a new calf with J pod on December 26, 2023.

Photo credit Maya Sears NMFS Permit 27052.

The calf was not with the pod in recent CWR encounters, or when Maya Sears saw the whales on December 23, making this calf just a few days old. The calf was primarily observed near adult female J40, who has not yet had a calf, as well as other J pod females. J40 seems to be the most likely mother, but we’ll try to confirm this in subsequent encounters.

The calf’s sex is unknown. We hope to see lots more of this calf in the coming weeks and months, and that both the calf and its mother will be able to thrive.


Leave a comment

Comments are welcome as long as they are civil, do not include personal attacks, and pertain to the subject. In order to avoid being overrun by spam, comments are reviewed before they are posted.