The Associated Press
BREMERTON — Killer whales have returned to Puget Sound waters with a new baby.
All three pods – J, K and L – were spotted Tuesday in the San Juan Islands. Howard Garret of Orca network says it was the first time since October they had been seen together.
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The whale watchers were excited to see the baby orca, which has been designated L-119 by the Center for Whale Research.
The Kitsap Sun reports it’s the second known offspring for the mother, L-77, a 25-year-old named Matia. Her first baby two years ago only survived a few months.
Counting the new calf, the population of the endangered southern resident orcas is 88 – 26 in J pod, 20 in K pod and 42 in L pod.