Logo for the Tucker House Inn and Harrison House Suites

Orca Baby Boom in 2015

orca with its head out of the water
orca baby in the san juans
Baby J50 (Scarlet) with Mom J16 (Slick) December 2014. Photo by David Ellfrit, Center for Whale Research

After three years of unsuccessful orca births, the Southern Resident Killer Whale population has experienced a baby boom in 2015, with the seventh new calf announced this past week.

These births bring the total count of orcas in the J, K, and L pods to 84*:  J-pod has 29, K pod has 20*, and L pod 36.

Four of the newborns received their names from the Whale Museum in September:  J-50 is Scarlet, J-51 is Nova, L-121 is Windsong, and J-52 is Sonic.  The public voted in person and online to help christen the new calves with names to go along with their official numbers.

Details regarding the newborns can be found at The Whale Museum, and at Orca Network.  The named orcas can be “adopted” with donations to the Whale Museum, and the Orca Network offers the opportunity to sign up for the latest news about Orcas through email.  The Center for Whale Research has been tracking the resident orcas for over forty years, and their website has a wealth of scientific information regarding these magnificent marine animals.

* The number of SRKW individuals in the wild is 83, but we are including Lolita, who is a member of Kpod but has spent the last 40 years in captivity at Miami Aquarium.

More whales means the need for more salmon for them to eat, which means continuing the efforts to keep the Salish Sea free of pollution and releasing water from obsolete dams on mainland Washington.

The staff of Harrison House Suites works with the San Juan Island community to raise awareness of the health of our surrounding waters, and our underwater neighbors J, K & L pods.

Enjoy our “baby pictures” !!!


orca baby in the san juans
Baby L123 (sex unknown) with Mom L103 (Lapis) born November 2015. Photo by Mark Malleson
orca babies in the san juans
Baby J 53 (sex unknown) with probably mom J17 (Princess Angeline) first seen October 2015. Photo by Mark Malleson
orca baby in the san juans
Baby L 122 (male) with Mom L91 Muncher, born September 2015. Photo by Center for Whale Research
orca baby in the san juans
Baby L121 (Windsong) with Mom L94 (Calypso) born February 2015. Photo by Candace Emmons, NWFSC
orca baby in the san juans
Baby J 51 (Nova) with Mom J41 (Eclipse) born Febraury 2015. Photo by David Ellfrit, Center for Whale Research
orca baby in the san juans
Baby J52 (Sonic) with Mom J36 (Alki, born March 2015, Photo by David Ellfrit, Center for Whale Research

Recent Posts

Start Planning Your Weekend Getaways in Washington with Kids

The San Juan Islands are particularly family-friendly and one of the best places to unplug! Your weekend getaways in Washington with kids in tow can be filled with long (or short) hikes, treasure hunting on the beach, wildlife viewing, kayaking, and so much more. Friday Harbor is a great home

Read More »

Lime Kiln State Park Lighthouse & Other Island Landmarks

San Juan Island is known for many things! The charming town of Friday Harbor, arriving by ferry, whale watching, and fantastic hikes. One of the must-visit attractions on the island is the Lime Kiln State Park Lighthouse. This iconic 1919 landmark sits on the Western end of the 41-acre park,

Read More »

The Best Time to Visit San Juan Islands in 2024

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is, “When is the best time to visit the San Juan Islands?” and while each season has a special and unique draw, Summer and early Fall are often considered the perfect timeframe for a beautiful and temperate retreat in the Pacific

Read More »
Scroll to Top
lighthouse at a rocky shorline with evergree trees at back

Recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine

We have been recognized by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the best place to stay when visiting Friday Harbor and San Juan Island.

Give The Gift of Tucker & Harrison House This Holiday Season

Give your loved one a very special gift of a stay at our inns.  We offer gift certificates in many amounts.