New hope for killer whales arises as an infant orca was seen in the Pacific Ocean’s bay known as Puget Sound on the 30th December. This strange finding was made by one of the Center for Whale Researches top researchers, Dr. Ken Balcomb. Presently the newborn orca swims off the shore of Washington state. Thought to be older than a week now, this infant is a new hope in over 2-years. Sightings like this are uncommon. As per NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), around 35% to 45% of infant orcas lose their life before the age of one.
In the start of December J-32, a 19-year-old pregnant female whale, died around the Strait of Georgia. Researchers, including Ken Balcomb, drew her on shore. A necropsy on J-32 was conducted. The results demonstrated that the whale had miscarried. This set off a bacterial contamination which brought about the passing of J-32. Wild life researcher Brad Hanson with the NOAA said that “We lost lots of reproductive potential,” and “The loss of J-32 was an alarming setback.”
The name of the infant orca is J-50 and its mom is not known. Ken Balcomb said that two possible nominees are J-16 and J-36. J-16 is a 43-year-old female. She had three calves that survived and J-50 can be her calf. J-36 is the other contender for being the mother of J-50. She is a juvenile female and this could be one of her first calves. J-50’s dorsal fin and back have signs that researcher said it could propose an amazing reality: its delivery was helped by another whale. J-50 is likewise the 78th orca of the populace on the shoreline of Washington state and Canada.
Killer whale groups are recognized all over the globe. In the United States and Canada this particular group of killer whales is seen as a threatened species. As per Brad Hanson, a wildlife scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a critical part of the issue that prompted this result for the killer whale group is the taken for hostage showcase amid the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Over a large portion of the populace (around 40 killer whales) was taken from their natural habitat. In the 1990s the populace expanded to nearly 100 whales. A turn down of 20% was enlisted in the early 2000s. United States acted by marked the group as threatened in 2005.