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Get ready for a cuteness overload. A new baby orca was spotted in Tofino, BC and it is literally the cutest thing ever. Since the birth, photos and videos of this endangered baby have been shared all over social media and we couldn’t be happier to share them with you.
A newborn orca calf was recently spotted off swimming in Tofino, British Columbia. This little cutie was seen with J Pod, an endangered population of southern resident killer whales.
John Forde with the Tofino Whale Centre spotted this baby and quickly posted some photos on the company's Instagram page. Since then, the photos have gone viral with many others posting their own encounters with the baby.
Within their first year of life, baby orcas will shift in colour from the orange tinge we see in the photos to the typical black and white coluring.
This birth is huge for the killer whale community as only 75 southern resident killer whales remain. As of now, the population is reported to be at a 30-year low.
To make this story even cuter, Forde told CBC that he believes the baby was swimming with his mom, J41, and another female elder, J19.
Since the birth, Twitter has been blowing up with pictures of the baby.
Not only are people sharing their own pictures and videos, but they are also sending their best wishes to the baby and the entire J Pod.
According to Forde, the last time J Pod was spotted near Tofino was last June during its annual migration down the coast. We are so happy that they came by again and this time, with a new addition!