J-Pod orcas may be in the midst of a baby boom - a third orca may be expecting.
This comes after a new calf was born in the last few months and other orca mothers are pregnant.
Scientists are trying to track down the potentially pregnant member of the pod, leading to excitement amongst Washington whale-lovers.
Brittany Philbin was by the Port Robinson lighthouse this past Sunday when she took a photo that was the shot seen around Puget Sound.
It’s now the source of some baby bump speculation.
By circulating the photo among other whale watchers, they think the orca is J-46, known as Star.
The pregnancy is still unconfirmed at this point. Researchers will need additional photos to compare her current size to past photos.
Given the small Southern Resident Orca population, another calf would be a welcome surprise!
Cox Media Group