A dead orca whale was found near Tofino Tuesday evening.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirmed the finding through Twitter and noted the dead animal was a young calf.
DFO suggested a necropsy has been done but the results have not yet been released.
BC’s orca population received a big boost this year as, according to a Dec. 16 media release from the Center for Whale Research, eight new Southern Resident Killer Whales have been born since last December.
“1977 is the only previous year in the past forty years in which as many baby killer whales were born into this community of whales, and there were nine in that year,” the release states.