L94, an adult female Southern Resident killer whale, nurses her calf in this image taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle from above 90 feet under National Marine Fisheries Service research permit and FAA flight authorization. Lactation is energetically costly for these whales, and future photogrammetry images of the calf’s growth and the mother’s condition will reveal if the mother is getting enough food to support both herself and the calf. Note the distinctive saddle patch on the mother. This allows scientists to recognize individual whales in photographs.
L94, an adult female Southern Resident killer whale, nurses her calf in this image taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle from above 90 feet under National Marine Fisheries Service research permit and FAA flight authorization. Lactation is energetically costly for these whales, and future photogrammetry images of the calf’s growth and the mother’s condition will reveal if the mother is getting enough food to support both herself and the calf. Note the distinctive saddle patch on the mother. This allows scientists to recognize individual whales in photographs. NOAA FISHERIES, VANCOUVER AQUARIUM Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald
L94, an adult female Southern Resident killer whale, nurses her calf in this image taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle from above 90 feet under National Marine Fisheries Service research permit and FAA flight authorization. Lactation is energetically costly for these whales, and future photogrammetry images of the calf’s growth and the mother’s condition will reveal if the mother is getting enough food to support both herself and the calf. Note the distinctive saddle patch on the mother. This allows scientists to recognize individual whales in photographs. NOAA FISHERIES, VANCOUVER AQUARIUM Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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