Another New Calf in J Pod

Posted September 26, 2020 at 10:19 am by


J Pod's newest calf, born September 24, 2020 surfaces next to mother J41.
Photo credit: Talia Goodyear/Orca Spirit Adventures/Pacific Whale Watch Association

More good news from J‑Pod…

The Cen­ter for Whale Research con­firms that anoth­er calf has been born into the South­ern Res­i­dent killer whale com­mu­ni­ty, and the moth­er is J41. CWR will eager­ly await the whales’ return to eval­u­ate the calf’s con­di­tion and hope­ful­ly deter­mine its sex. J41’s new calf is the sec­ond birth in J pod in Sep­tem­ber 2020.

We will reserve its alpha-numer­ic des­ig­na­tion until it proves to be healthy when the pod returns to Sal­ish Sea waters. Approx­i­mate­ly 40% of new­born calves do not sur­vive their neona­tal first few weeks.

J41 was just ten years old when she gave birth to her first calf, J51 (male), in 2015.

We received pho­tographs from the Pacif­ic Whale Watch Asso­ci­a­tion on the evening  of Sep­tem­ber 24, ask­ing for ID confirmation.

From the infor­ma­tion offered by Talia Goodyear and Lea Van­der­wiel, nat­u­ral­ists aboard Orca Spir­it Adven­tures, J41 may have giv­en birth while their ves­sel was present. “It was an emo­tion­al time as we processed what was hap­pen­ing in front of us,” said Van­der­wiel. “It took a few min­utes to real­ize what was actu­al­ly hap­pen­ing, but then it was pure excite­ment real­iz­ing that it was a birth and the baby was very alive and boisterous.”

CWR field staff, Mark Malle­son, encoun­tered the whales near Sher­ing­ham Point, British Colum­bia, lat­er in the evening. The whales were spread out and for­ag­ing, and we could not locate J41 and new calf before dark.

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