Orcas return to Puget Sound with new baby

Orcas return to Puget Sound with new baby

Credit: Joe Fryer

Orcas return to Puget Sound with new baby

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 2:01 PM

BREMERTON, Wash. -- Killer whales have returned to Puget Sound waters with a new baby.

All three pods -- J, K and L -- were spotted Tuesday in the San Juan Islands. Howard Garret of Orca network says it was the first time since October they had been seen together.

The whale watchers were excited to see the baby orca, which has been designated L-119 by the Center for Whale Research.

The Kitsap Sun reports it's the second known offspring for the mother, L-77, a 25-year-old named Matia. Her first baby two years ago only survived a few months.

Counting the new calf, the population of the endangered southern resident orcas is 88 -- 26 in J pod, 20 in K pod and 42 in L pod.

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