ORCAS: Photographer spots calf with J-Pod

The photos were sent to us tonight by Brittany Noelle of PNW Orca Pod Squad Photography, who reports:

As you may know, J-pod has now spent 5 days in inland Puget Sound. Today while traveling southbound from Kingston the whales made an usually close pass at Jefferson Beach and then Fay Bainbridge [map], where photographs were taken by myself, Brittany Noelle, with PNW ORCA Pod Squad Photography and Salish Wildlife Watch, of a new J-pod calf (mother unknown at this time).

If you look closely at the top photo, you’ll see the telltale pinkish hue of a baby orca – explained here. This sighting was a ways north of us, but J-Pod was seen off West Seattle just three days ago.

14 Replies to "ORCAS: Photographer spots calf with J-Pod"

  • Kersti Muul December 26, 2023 (9:28 pm)

    Christmas baby ❤️Many thanks to Brittany for sharing these first photos of the new calf.Remember Brittany took the amazing photo of a very pregnant breaching J46 – she has a talent for this 😝 She’s also my partner on the app – sign up here for real time wildlife sightings (ethical only) and breaking news, education and advocacy opportunities….https://chat.whatsapp.com/CYVEpNDcLBcF4CrjV6F607

  • JC December 26, 2023 (10:30 pm)

    Thanks for the continuous updates and pictures of such an important part of our community. 

  • anonyme December 27, 2023 (5:44 am)

    Not much makes me cry with happiness, but this does.  Welcome,  little one; may you inherit the earth.

    • Kristina December 27, 2023 (12:37 pm)

      Well said! Thank you: my feelings exactly.

  • HS December 27, 2023 (9:05 am)

    Happy Dance!!

  • telephotro December 27, 2023 (9:46 am)

    Wonderful news and photos. But I am taken by Kersti Muul’s phrasing, “real time wildlife sightings (ethical only).”The specific wording begs the question, what are “ethical” wildlife sightings?

    • CarDriver December 27, 2023 (1:30 pm)

      My guess it would be getting photos via telephoto lenses vs going out in any form of watercraft and trying to get as close as possible. 

    • Kersti Muul December 27, 2023 (2:03 pm)

      I vet sightings for accuracy and if the wildlife can be viewed without disturbing them – whatever species it is.  

    • Jay December 27, 2023 (11:24 pm)

      Rare or photogenic wildlife often get trampled by photographers after their location is published on social media. Some species should never be published. Some it’s dependent on where they are located.

      • Kersti Muul December 28, 2023 (7:47 am)

        Agreed. And never nest locations

  • Kersti Muul December 28, 2023 (9:20 pm)

    J60 is a boy ❤️🍼Sex revealed after multiple breaches and surface behavior.That’s probably the fastest yet 

  • Britt December 28, 2023 (9:37 pm)

    Update on this new Jpod calf: it’s a BOY!!!!

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