Baby Orcas Return

Maybe there was something in the salmon. Maybe there was a whale of a pod party. Whatever the reason, and experts can only speculate, southwestern B.C.’s endangered orca population is enjoying a rare, baby boom.

Six young killer whales have been born to the region’s three resident orca pods in the past year, including a New Year’s baby, surprising and delighting dedicated whale-watchers.

“It’s great. No one predicted this,” said Howard Garrett, co-founder of the Orca Network in northern Washington State, off whose coast the orcas also reside. “It’s a great way to start the New Year.”

Read the complete story about the baby Orcas by Rod Mickleburgh on the Globe and Mail’s website here.

An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency scuba instructor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB’s.


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