GREAT NEWS: Baby orca born to endangered whales in Puget Sound (PHOTO)

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This is the new baby orca, J-50, sighted with mom north of San Juan Island on Tuesday, Dec. 30. (Photo: Center for Whale Research) This is the new baby orca, J-50, sighted with mom north of San Juan Island on Tuesday, Dec. 30. (Photo: Center for Whale Research)

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — A new baby orca was spotted Tuesday with mom in Canadian waters north of San Juan Island, raising the number of endangered killer whales in the Puget Sound region to 78, the Center for Whale Research said.

The center’s Ken Balcomb “confirmed seeing and photographing 42-year-old J16 (Slick) with her newborn baby — now known as J50,” the center said in a news release.

“During an encounter off the south shores of North Pender Island in Canadian waters,” the center said, “Ken discovered J16 with her newborn calf, only a day or two old, snuggled in her slipstream and looking healthy and energetic.

“No other female has given birth at over 42 years of age in the four decades of demographic field…

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