It’s official! During a May 26 encounter with the Southern Resident Killer Whales’ J-pod, Center for Whale Research staff managed to capture photographs and drone footage of the pod’s youngest member, J59, and determine the new calf is a girl.
“Having another female is good news for the southern residents; the population’s growth is largely limited by the number of reproductively aged females. While one calf won’t save the population, we hope that J59 can grow to adulthood and contribute to future generations of southern residents,” the centre said in a statement.
The new calf was discovered on March 1, but researchers weren’t able to determine her sex at that time.
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