The orca population has been on a steady decline since 2011. Last year, the southern resident population lost a newborn and a 3-year-old female, which reduced their number to 74 — the lowest in 34 years, according to the Marine Mammal Commission. You might recall the tragic tale of the mother who pushed the corpse around for 17 days before finally abandoning the body her dead baby.
This newborn orca is a light of hope but faces an uncertain future — about 40 percent of killer whale newborns don't survive past their first year, according to CWR's statement.
Here's to hoping this newborn, dubbed L124, grows steadily healthy and strong!