2 new orca calves seen in Puget Sound; 1 adult male missing

Tacoma, WA – Tuesday, February 17, 2009 < Back to Regular Story Page

Last updated: February 17th, 2009 10:32 AM (PST)
The Center for Whale Research at Friday Harbor reports two additions to Puget Sound orca pods and one big subtraction.

Researcher Ken Balcomb says one new calf has been born in J pod and one in L pod.

Balcomb also says a 31-year-old male knows as L-57 and called Faith has not been seen, although two females he generally travels with have been sighted several times since October in U.S. and Canadian waters.

The Kitsap Sun reports the loss of an active reproductive male would be especially bad news for the Puget Sound killer whale population. Seven presumably died last year dropping the endangered population in three pods to 83.

Balcomb releases an annual orca count in August.

Originally published: February 17th, 2009 10:21 AM (PST)
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~ by fredfelleman on February 17, 2009.

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