The researchers, who are out on a boat, also want to determine the condition of all the whales. Ken Balcomb, the Center for Whale Research Founder, told KING 5, the calf has a decade or more before it reaches sexual maturity and neonate mortality is 40 per cent. Previous data showed there were 74 critically endangered southern resident killer whales left. The new calf would bring the number up to 75. There are two other pregnant whales in K pod and J pod. However, there are also two ill whales. K25, a 27-year-old-male, is failing from a lack of sufficient food and 42-year-old J17, a female, has a so-called peanut head – a misshapen head and neck caused by starvation. With files from Alison Morrow, King 5.
.@kenbalcomb from the Center for Whale Research says the new southern resident orca calf, L124, appears healthy & weighs in at 181 kg. Mother is L77. This is the 1st birth to L Pod since 2012. @CHEK_News— Mary Griffin (@Mary_Griffin_) January 11, 2019