illustrator: Hilary Cole
The Center for Whale Research has confirmed that the new calf, J57, is a male. He was estimated to have been born on September 4, and is the second viable calf of mother, J35, Tahlequah. J57’s brother, J47, was born in 2010. Tahlequah also gave birth to a calf in 2018, which died; she carried her deceased calf for 17 days before letting it go.