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Baby orca update

A whale expert says people shouldn’t get too excited about a trio of babies recently born to an endangered population of orcas off BC’s coast.

Ken Balcomb of the Center for Whale Research says scientists are waiting to see if the three newborn southern resident killer whales are still alive by July 1st.

He says the population, that now consists of just 80 whales, lost four of its members last year including a pregnant orca, its baby, and two others that went missing.

Balcomb says there hasn’t been a successful birth in the southern resident population for more than two years.

The southern resident orcas have reportedly been seen as far south as central California and as far north as Haida Gwaii.

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