Just in an update on what some killer whale chasers were up to off the Oregon and Washington coasts the last few weeks. And it comes with a video of a NEW BABY KILLER WHALE!!
He’s the scrumptious academic “nummie” that showed up in our email inbox! Enjoy!
Endangered Southern Resident killer whales spend much of the year in the inland waters of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea but in winter commonly leave on forays along the outer Northwest Coast. Their extended range and winter conditions often make the whales difficult to monitor during this period.
Assisted by satellite tracking, NOAA Fisheries researchers followed the whales for three weeks in February to learn more about their winter behavior, health, feeding and use of coastal habitat. The survey was the most successful so far in allowing consistent observation of the whales and their ecosystem. In late February biologists sighted the third Southern Resident calf born this year. Research findings will help inform recovery actions for this endangered species, including revisions in the critical habitat that NOAA Fisheries designates for the endangered whales.
Here’s some video of the little one –