Naturalist and researcher Jeanne Hyde was on board the boat with Capt. Spencer Domico watching J16 swimming with her three-month-old calf J50.
"We were assuming we had only the J16s," recounts Hyde.
"And as they passed in front of the boat, I saw a small calf surfacing next to J16 and said, 'there's the baby.' But then J50 surfaced behind all the rest. That's when I told Spencer, 'I think there are two calves!"
Michael Harris, the executive director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association said it's a good sign.
J-Pod is certainly doing all it can to rebuild the ranks," he said. "The Southern Residents are a long way from being out of the woods — these calves too, but this is great news."
This latest addition brings the local population of southern resident orcas to 81.