A baby orca has been born to a pod of endangered orcas off the coast of British Columbia. On Saturday, Princess Angeline, a 38-year-old orca, was spotted swimming with her new baby.
The new calf, J53, is the third to be born to J pod this year. According to Executive Director Michael Harris, the wide age range of female orcas giving birth is fascinating.
“We’ve had the youngest mother on record, a 10-year-old, and three of the oldest give birth this year,” Michael Harris, Executive Director of the Center for Whale Research, told CTV News.
“We now have a grandmother giving birth. Forty is unquestionably the new 30 in the South.”
The new member joins a pod that was observed thriving earlier this year, providing renewed hope that the endangered orca population is on the mend. We are overjoyed for them.
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