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Another photo of little L120 by James Mead Maya.

We on the Peregrine were able to spend a bit of time on both our trips today with L120. So exciting to see L86 and the calf. Here are a few images of the day, and a bit of Mt. Baker. Haro Strait off of Eagle Pt., San Juan Islands, WA.


via Spyhopper Travels Photography:

Good morning! I was finally able to see the new baby yesterday and I just had to share because who doesn’t like baby pictures? This isn’t the best image, but this was the first I was able to snag of little L120 with her mother, L86 Surprise!. We were sitting at the lighthouse waiting for the whales to come by when this little cork popped to the surface. What a very special surprise to witness such a tiny little orca. 

Photography ©Katie Jones, all rights reserved.


Today in the Strait of Juan de Fuca we also found the T037Bs and T034s. 


Gender: Female
Pod: A8 (?)
Place of Capture: Pender Harbor, British Columbia, Canada
Date of Capture: December 12, 1969
Age at Capture: Approx. 1 year

On December 12, 1969, a pod of 12 Orcas were captured in Pender Harbor. 6 whales were kept, while the remaining 6 were released.

Soon after their capture, two young whales, Nepo and Yaka, were purchased by Marine World of Africa in Redwood City, California.

Both whales joined an older, more dominant female named Kianu. The two females did not get along very well, and often fought over young male Nepo. As the fighting got worse, it was decided to transfer Kianu to a park in Japan, leaving Nepo and Yaka alone at the park.

The two spent the majority of their time together, however, despite numerous attempts, Yaka never got pregnant. When Nepo died in 1980, Yaka became so depressed that the park began searching for a new companion for her.

In 1981, young Icelandic female Vigga was purchased from the Vancouver Aquarium. The two appeared to get along well and became close tank mates. In 1985, Marine World moved their tank location to Vallejo, though it is now a Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

On October 29, 1997, Yaka died after contracting Pneumonia and being sick for almost 3 months.

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Ripple and Fife, Corky II’s sister and brother.


Killer whales spotted in Churchill, Manitoba! When I was piloting a citizen science project on polar bears with Polar Bears International there, I spoke to a lot of people saying that because of climate change, they were seeing more orcas in the bay. They go there to hunt belugas since the bay is free of sea ice.

After following the orcas for about 10 minutes, to a place called Button Bay, the Allens finally came across a small pod of belugas. A short time later, they came across something else.

“There were blood trails four feet wide and the smell of blubber all around,” Dwight says. “It was amazing how fast these killer whales took down a beluga.


via Orca Research Trust:

Today, at 11am Dr Ingrid Visser received a call from Bob Brook that he and his crew had found an orca entangled in a cray pot line. He remained with the orca for the two hours it took for Steve Hathaway, Dan Godoy and Ingrid to arrive on the scene. Keeping the orca afloat were other members of its pod, including its presumed calf. Ingrid has identified the orca as Dian, named after the famous gorilla researcher, Dian Fossey. Dian the orca was entangled in a line approximately 40 m long, attached to a ‘pot’ used for catching crayfish. The pot was weighted with concrete blocks of about 35 kg. Dian remained calm during the disentanglement and she was successfully released and followed for a number of kilometres afterwards, to ensure that she was ok and remained with the other orca. If you see orca in NZ waters please call 0800 SEE ORCA. Thank you to everyone who helped save her and good luck out there Dian!


New baby L120 pictures! Check out his/her beautiful open saddle patch. Such a cutie.

Photos by Center For Whale Research.