Fortunately the whales were very grouped up and within a few minutes we observed the new calf - with its unique orangish color on the white areas. The calf looked very energetic.
It's great news for the population, which is facing severe threats from both a lack of its major food source, Chinook salmon, and toxic contamination in the water. The calf brings the population's number up to 80.
Earlier this month, a 1-week-old calf, J51, was spotted among the members of the J pod alongside the baby's presumed mother, a 36-year old whale known as Shachi, or J19.