Grace rules the waves

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Grace and her mother Dot.
Camera IconGrace and her mother Dot. Credit: Jade Sharp

Meet Grace — the newest addition to the orca population at the Bremer Bay Canyon.

Grace, pictured poking her head above the water, was spotted for the first time on Monday by Whale Watch WA.

A fraction of the size of the other orcas in her pod, she was estimated to be only days old.

She is the daughter of Dot, who introduced her this week.

The family-owned tour company runs daily tours off Bremer Bay to meet the orcas, which is how Jade Sharp captured the photo above.

Her sister Gemma said the new calf was big news, with only one to three calves born each year.

“There are approximately 200-250 orcas within the Bremer Bay orca population and growing each year,” she said.

“This season has been a fantastic season, with all of the orcas healthy and happy. Familiar family pods have returned and all members are alive and well. Orcas are the apex predator of the oceans and can live to be 60-100 years of age and their families are led by a matriarch.”

Orca-watching season in Bremer Bay runs for the first few months of the year.

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