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U.S. scientists spot third baby killer whale born in recent months to endangered pods off West Coast

By BY PHUONG LE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 🕔Thu, Feb 26th, 2015


  


SEATTLE - U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a newborn orca off the west coast.

A biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says they spotted the calf on Wednesday with other whales in the "L'' pod, one of three families of southern resident killer whales that frequent inland Washington waters.

It's the third baby born to the whale pods in recent months, bringing the Salish Sea's endangered population to 80, still dangerously low.

NOAA biologist Brad Hanson says in a telephone interview Thursday that the baby looks great and was very active when it was observed about 15 miles (25 kilometres) west of Westport, Washington.

Researchers recently tagged two orcas and have been tracking where they go and what they eat during the winter.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) a new baby orca swims alongside an adult whale, believed to be its mother, about 15 miles off the coast of Westport, Wash. U.S. biologists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel spotted the newborn orca off the coast of Washington state on Wednesday with other whales in the “L†pod, one of three families of southern resident killer whales that frequent inland Washington waters. This is the third baby born to the whale pods in recent months, bringing the Puget Sound’s endangered population to 80, still dangerously low

Photograph by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Candice Emmons , AP Photo

 


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