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J56 Tofino was named after the place she was first seen. J56 has also been given a First Nations name, N̓ačiqs (Na-chi-cks) which means Tofino. On May 30, 2019, whale watchers encountered J Pod near Tofino and noticed a very tiny new calf with them! The calf still had fetal folds on its side and the Center for Whale Research estimated that she was born just a few days earlier on May 24th.
On July 5th, the Center for Whale Research had their first encounter with the new calf and were able to confirm that the mother was J31 “Tsuchi” (b. 1995). They were also able to get a clear view of her genital markings and announced that Tofino is a female!
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