September 8, 2015 1:40 pm
Updated: September 8, 2015 1:44 pm

New baby orca spotted near Sooke is the fifth addition since December

Courtesy of Center for Whale Research

The baby boom in the Southern Resident Killer Whales population continues with yet another baby orca sighting.

An L-pod female, L91, was seen near Sooke Monday morning with a newborn calf.

Researchers with the Center for Whale Research happened to be in the area conducting measurements of the Southern Resident Killer Whales and spotted the calf.

The new calf has been designated L122, and is the fifth new baby to be born into the pod since December, 2014.

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The latest L-pod calf, L121, was spotted in March.

READ MORE: Orca baby boom one for the record books

The greatest number of calves born in a year since the records started 40 years ago was nine in 1977, and there were none born that survived in 2013 or 2014.

Researchers hope this year’s baby boom means a turn-around in what has been a negative population trend in recent years.

WATCH: After decades of decline, the Orca population off the Pacific Coast, known as Southern Resident Killer Whales, have something to celebrate.

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