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Wild Grandmother Orcas: A Heartwarming Emblem of Hope

Wild Grandmother Orcas: A Heartwarming Emblem of Hope

A new orca calf has joined the endangered orca community near British Columbia’s coast. The 38-year-old orca, Princess Angeline, was seen on Saturday, joyfully swimming alongside her newborn. This calf, designated J53, is the third addition this year to J pod, a notable orca group. Michael Harris, the Executive Director, expressed amazement at the wide age spectrum of female orcas that are continuing to give birth.

Photo Credits – Center for Whale Research

Michael Harris, the Executive Director of the Center for Whale Research, highlights a remarkable trend: “This year, we’ve observed the youngest mother on record, a mere ten-year-old, alongside three of the oldest, giving birth. It’s like witnessing a grandmother welcome a new life. For the Southern resident orcas, turning forty is the new thirty when it comes to motherhood.”

Photo Credits – Center for Whale Research

The arrival of a new member to a pod that has already demonstrated signs of thriving earlier this year ignites renewed hope for the recovery of the endangered orca population. This development is a source of immense joy and optimism for their future.

Photo Credits – Center for Whale Research

On their Facebook page, the Center for Whale Research excitedly announced: “Fantastic news!!! J pod has welcomed a new member! The calf, identified as J53, was spotted alongside J17. This marks the third newborn in J pod for the year! Stay tuned for more details. Media and news outlets have permission to use the accompanying photo. Captured by Dave Ellifrit, the photo adheres to NMFS Permit #15569 and/or DFO license #2013-04 SARA-272 “3”.”

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