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caption: A new baby orca calf is spotted off Vancouver Island on July 9, 2022. The calf was named K45 and is the first to be born to the K-pod since 2011. 
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A new baby orca calf is spotted off Vancouver Island on July 9, 2022. The calf was named K45 and is the first to be born to the K-pod since 2011.
Credit: Center for Whale Research

K-pod has a new baby orca for the Salish Sea

The first calf born to the K-pod in more than a decade has been spotted on the west side of Vancouver Island.

Video taken Saturday showed the baby orca, named K45, swimming with its mother K20 and the rest of the family.

And while we still don't know the calf's sex, the Center for Whale Research says it looks to be in good physical condition and has good coloring. The center also says the baby and the K-pod haven't been seen since last November.

Rumors of a new calf with K-pod began swirling around in April and June, but it was not confirmed until July.

The last time this pod saw a new baby was in 2011. There are approximately 74 of the endangered southern resident orcas left.

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