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New Baby Orca L124 Photo: Center for Whale Research
Great news for the Southern Resident Killer Whale population in Washington state whose numbers had been dwindling in recent years. Whale L77 has a new calf, known now as L124, which was born in the last few weeks.The Seattle PI reported that this new baby brings the population’s number to 75, but the Center for Whale Research in Seattle cautioned that approximately 40 percent of newborn calves do not survive their first few years. The scientists were happy to see this new whale, which they have observed is doing well. Check out the fantastic video below of the pod with its new calf. We think this happy news deserves a sickeningly cute song that kids can sing! Baby whale, do do do do do do!!!
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