Michael Harris, Executive Director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association, says that while the sight of a new calf among the endangered pod is a welcome one, it's too soon to say that SRKW are making a comeback.
"This is great news. But every time a baby's born, we're careful not to pass out the cigars too soon. Infant mortality is really high among wild orcas, especially these Southern Residents," Harris said in a press release.
"This little whale has a tough road ahead. Every birth is exciting, but we'll be especially thrilled and relieved to see L120 rolling back into the [Puget] Sound and Straits next summer."