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Baby orca born to L pod in San Juan Islands

Associated Press - August 20, 2007 3:45 PM ET

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) - The Center for Whale Research reports a baby orca whale, believed to be about 2 weeks old, has been sighted off San Juan Island.

The center's director of development and outreach director says the orca's birth was confirmed Sunday when the entire so-called southern resident whale population swam in to look for food on the west side of San Juan Island on Sunday evening.

Kelley Balcom-Bartok says he was among researchers who went out in a 19-foot boat and saw the new whale.

The new birth puts the Southern Resident population - the J, K and L pods - at 87 whales. The new whale belongs to L pod, a family group.

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