Orca baby boom: 7th calf born to endangered southern resident population

The Center for Whale Research says yet another orca calf has been spotted swimming with the southern resident killer whale population.

New calf is believed to be the first offspring of 12-year-old orca L-103

L-123 is the seventh calf born the endangered southern resident whale population. (Mark Malleson)

The Center for Whale Research says yet another orca calf has been spotted swimming with the southern resident killer whale population. 

This is the seventh new calf born to the endangered population of cetaceans in the last 12 months. 

L123 is the first calf born to 12-year-old L103. (Mark Malleson)

The young orca was photographed in November, but due to poor visibility and unfavourable sea conditions, it took several weeks to confirm that there was indeed a new calf in L pod. 

It has been designated L-123 and is believed to be the first offspring of 12-year-old orca L-103.

While researchers hope this year's apparent baby boom represents a turnaround for local killer whale populations, experts acknowledge baby orcas only have a 50 per cent survival rate. 

The young orca was photographed in November, but not confirmed as a new calf by researchers until Dec. 4. (Mark Malleson)

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