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A new calf has been born to the critically endangered southern resident killer whales, researchers confirmed.
The calf was born to L77, said Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research. He confirmed the birth in a text to The Seattle Times Friday. He estimated the calf is several weeks old.
Center - Staff - Calf - Friday - Morning
Center staff first saw the calf Friday morning at the eastern end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
"It's great news," Balcomb said, adding the calf looks healthy.
Birth - Residents - Tahlequah - J35 - Birth
It is the first known birth to the southern residents since Tahlequah, or J35, gave birth to a calf in July that lived only a half-hour.
Tahlequah drew worldwide attention when she carried the dead infant for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles, refusing to let it go.
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Any birth in the southern resident population is big news because the orcas that frequent Puget...
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