Salish Sea, British Columbia – The Center for Whale Research, based in Washington State, has confirmed that the endangered orca pod, which is resident to these waters, has given birth to a new calf. The mother is believed to be J-16. The baby calf has been given the designation of J-50. It is believed the calf was born in the final days of 2014. This particular pod has seen its population dwindle in recent years. It now stands at 78.It is currently at its lowest level in decades. A senior scientists with the center said the calf was spotted near the Gulf Islands near the Swanson Channel.