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December 21, 2011 at 1:08 PM

New baby orca seen in Puget Sound

New killer whale calf born to Jpod in December 2011. (Photo by Candace Emmons / NWFSC)

The Associated Press

A new baby orca was photographed Saturday in a pod that lives in Puget Sound.

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center and the Center for Whale Research confirmed the mother is 39-year-old Slick, also known as J-16. Her new calf brings the total number of killer whales in the Southern Resident population to 89.

The federal government listed Southern Resident orcas as an endangered species in 2005.

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