That's right! It's time to the Name the Orca Babies!

Through the Orca Adoption Program, each calf receives a name. This fall, the babies, J-57 and J-58 will be named!  This year, you can vote for your favorite names from November 20th until Thursday, November 26th.  All voting will be through email due to the pandemic.  

Members of The Whale Museum suggest names for the ballot. Of the names suggested, based on certain criteria, four potential names are selected for each calf and then placed on the ballot (see below). We are, as always, touched by your participation and enthusiasm!

So cast your vote! Voting ends midnight (PST) on Thanksgiving, November 26th.

Below is the ballot with name choices for the babies -- check them out & vote

Vote by sending an email ballot* with your name choices to: Please include the word 'VOTE' as the subject.

(*A ballot consists of one name choice for each of the baby orcas. Limit of one ballot submission per email address.)


Baby Orca #1: J-57 (male)

J-57 was born to Tahlequah (J-35)
and first seen in the Salish Sea
near Discovery Island.

The Name Options for J-57 are:

  • Miracle

  • Chance

  • Rainbow

  • Phoenix  
    (associated with the sun)

Baby #2: J-58 (unknown)

J-58 was born to Eclipse (J-41)
and was first seen in Puget Sound.

The Name Options for J-58 are:

  • Click  (echolocation)

  • Sunny    

  • Cosmos

  • Crescent


The new calf names will be announced on December 1, 2020!

After the babies receive a name, they are included in the Orca Adoption Program and available to be symbolically adopted.

It is only through an understanding of the orcas' needs for a healthy habitat and plentiful food resources that we can develop the conservation policies which will ensure their survival. The Whale Museum is committed to providing a variety of educational programs to share information on how we can all help. Orca Adoptions help support this mission. Adopt an Orca today! Click on Meet the Whales to select the orca you want to symbolically adopt.



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