It’s a girl! Why the newest orca calf’s gender is so important
SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. -- The newest southern resident orca calf is reportedly fat and healthy, but that's not the only news researchers are celebrating: She's also female. It's a great sign for the dwindling population that has seen far more male calves than females in recent years. "If she makes it her teens she might start producing babies of her own," said Ken Balcomb of Center for Whale Research. "Unfortunately, none of them made it recently to their teens."