New baby whale joins pod off Pacific coast

Wildlife News

by Judith Lavoie, Victoria Times Colonist

December 21, 2011

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VICTORIA — Whale enthusiasts are celebrating the arrival of a colourful Christmas baby for the endangered southern resident killer whales.

The calf, with characteristic pinky-orange patches, was spotted Saturday in Puget Sound by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers and the birth was confirmed Wednesday.

As the calf had fetal folds when the first photos were taken, it is likely it had been born only hours earlier.

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