SEATTLE — Whale researchers are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound in Washington state.
The baby orca spotted over the weekend in waters off San Juan is the population’s first calf born since 2012. A researcher saw it swimming between two adult females, most likely the orca’s mom and aunt, said Ken Balcomb with the Center for Whale Research, which keeps a census of the whales.
The orca is probably less than a week old, he said. Researchers don’t know yet whether it’s a boy or a girl.