Two new calves join Southern Resident killer whale pod

Two new calves in apparent good health have been born into the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population in the Strait of Georgia, in British Columbia, according to the Center for Whale Research (CWR), in Friday Harbor, Washington.

Researchers said the two calves, identified as L126, from mother L119, and L127, from mother L94, were encountered during a survey of a group of whales containing members of J pod and the L12 subgroup in the Strait of Georgia on June 30.

Researchers said that L126 is L119’s first calf, while L127 is L94’s third. They estimated that both calves are at least two months old, and that neither showed any immediate signs of illness or abnormality.

The sex of the calves is still unknown, but CWR staff said they will attempt to get additional images of both calves in coming days.

These are the first calves born in L pod since 2021, and the first calves born in the L12 subgroup since 2018, researchers said.