The nature protection authorities were worried about the fact that there has not been a killer whale birth in the Puget Sound in two years.
Luckily, they can all breathe a little easier as researcher have found a new orca calf, around one week old, swimming in the waters.
Scientists hope that this infant whale will be the first indication of expansion for the struggling populace of imperiled killer whales—which they call J-pod, which lost a pregnant 19-year old female orca just a month ago.
Certainly, researcher Ken Balcomb, from the Center for Whale Research, said that he initially observed the orca a week ago while he was observing J-Pod. He acclaims that the birth is a good sign, especially after they had lost such so much hope with the demise a month ago.
As a part of the J-Pod, the new infant orca has been named J-50 (despite the fact that it is the 78th orca in this specific orca group).
One thing that is truly cool about the J-Pod orca populace is that not just do they now have the juvenile orca in survival, however they likewise have the oldest. The matriarch of this family—who they call “Granny”—is around 103 years of age; which is astounding on the grounds that most orcas normally don’t live past the age of 70.
Granny’s story, even, is noteworthy as she was a part of the group excessively endangered by lessened food supply. She was alive when the orcas were not exactly so imperiled. At the point when the killer whales were under threat of catch amid the 1960s and 1970s, she was there. And she is still here, with her pod, as they sail the waters off the shore of Washington State looking for more salmon, which is on the decline too.