In the Spring this year ...
The endangered population of killer whales that spend time in Washington state waters is experiencing a baby boom with a fourth baby orca documented this winter. The orca was swimming with other members of the J-pod, one of three families of orcas that are protected in Washington and Canada.
Ken Balcomb, a senior scientist with the Center for Whale Research confirmed the birth. The center keeps the official census of endangered southern resident killer whales for the federal government.
The birth brings the population to 81, still dangerously low. Listed as endangered in 2005, the whales are struggling because of pollution, lack of food and other reasons. Read the entire article.
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