New video shows a rare sighting of southern resident orcas off the coast of Monterey, California.

It was shot by Monterey Bay Whale Watch this past Sunday.

The footage shows several members of L pod swimming together, foraging for salmon, including newborn calf L124 next to its mother.

“…[N]ow, they need to travel a lot further to look for food because they’re having trouble. They’re starving, literally, to death,” said Nancy Black, a marine biologist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch.

Experts say the new video also conveys a serious message about conservation.

“It is the entire range from British Columbia down to California that we really should be focussing conservation efforts on, and this sighting off Monterey Bay really does illustrate that to me, just how important the entire ecosystem is,” said Anna Hall, a marine biologist with Sea View Marine Sciences.

According to Orca Network, L pod has 35 members.

Hall says L pod has suffered more losses recently compared to J and K pods.

 

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