LONE WHALE CALF NEAR VASHON REPORTED TO BE A NORTHERN RESIDENT FEMALE, Feb 16,2002

The lone calf that has taken up residence near the Vashon Island Ferry terminal is now believed to be a member of the northern residents, and possible a member of either A-pod which has been seen travelling with G-pod, or a G-pod calf that has been occassionally spotted with A-pod, come reports from Canadian researchers. More clear identifications are being sought, now that samples of DNA from her skin have been obtained by NMFS.

While there was initially some concern about her condition, SeaWolf's Bob McLaughlin, Michael Kundu and Bob Wood observed the calf in the presence of NMFS staffers Brent Norberg and Brad Hanson, also accompanied by SeaWorld veterinarian Jim McBain. The calf was feeding well, observed by SeaWolf to have captured at least 2 large (50cm-long) fish, possibly salmonids (samples of fish flesh was retreived by SeaWolf and provided to NMFS) during our time with her.

More information will be provided when SeaWolf returns to the scene.

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