Info: Orca births observed

Michael Williamson (
Mon, 12 Jan 1995 20:23:03

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Subject: Info: Orca births observed
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On January 2, 1995, two new calves, one possibly only a few weeks old, were
alongside their mothers, travelling north along the west side of San Juan
Island, Washington.
      J14's mother, J12, well over fifty years old, and J14's probable
grandmother, J2,  into her
sixties or seventies, were all travelling together.  The four generations
were in close
     After sufficient identification photographs were taken to document the
appearance of the
new calf, other whales were photographed as they moved out toward Swanson
Channel in
Canadian waters. J8 was positively identified. It was then that an unexpected
discovery was
made. Another new calf was seen. This one was swimming tight along the right
flank of 22
year-old J11, while J1l's other offspring, 3 year old J27, swam along the
left side, This calf
appeared to have fetal folds along its sides, indicating that it may have
been only a few days
old. J1l's presumed mother, J4, approximately 38 years old, and possible
grandmother, J8,
believed to be in her fifties or sixties, were only a few yards away.
Thus there were two groups that are believed to be composed of four
generations of
resident orcas.