C1 pod - C6 matriline

The C6 and C10 matriline are mostly encountered separately - in only about 20% of encounters in the 1990s were the two groups together.

The matriarch of this matriline is C6, Ivory. Ivory was born in 1955. Her mother was problably C4, born in 1937. C1, was probably Ivory's brother.
Ivory had 5 offspring. The first born was C9, Weynton in 1971. Weynton was reported missing in 2000. Four years later C8, Lama was born in 1975. The father of Lama is R6, Caamano who died in 1999 or 2000. Lama is a productive female who has also 5 offspring of her own.
In 1985 Ivory had a son, C14, Hunter and in 1991 she had another son C18, Squally

As mentioned C8 had also 5 offspring. In 1989 she had her firstborn, a son, C16, Kisameet. The second calf was a daughter born in 1991, C19, Virago.
In 1994 C21 Quadra was born. Quadra had a calf in 2006, designated C27. In July 2006 Quadra died after a collision with a vessel. C21's body was recovered and
necropsied near Prince Rupert in 2006 and showed signs of blunt force trauma indicative of a major collision. Her calf C27 was seen travelling with C8 after the
In 1997 Lama had C22, Diver and in 2004 she had her last calf C25, Ta-aack. Maybe because of her last calf, C8 was able to nurse her grandchild C27...

Discrete calls

The C10 and C6 matrilines share a dialect that is very similar to that of D1 pod.
They use the following calltypes:
N1iii, N3, N7iv, N8ii, N11ii, N12, N16ii, N18, and N20



C8 Lama F: 1975

C8 Lama

C8 Lama 2007


C18 Squally M: 1991

C18 Squally

C18 Squally 2007


C16 Kisameet M: 1989

C16 Kisameet

C16 Kisameet 2007


C19 Virago F: 1991

C19 Firago

C19 Firago.jpg 2007


C21 Quadra F: 1994-2006

C21 Quadra
July 2006 DFO Reports
I'm sorry to report the loss of a female northern resident killer whale known as C21 from the C6 Matriline.
C21 was born in 1994 to C8. On Tuesday July 18th, a local fisherman reported a floating killer whale carcass in the vicinity near Prince Rupert, BC. Doug Davis of Adventure Tours in Prince Rupert responded immediately and secured the carcass, until local DFO Fishery Officers could retrieve the carcass and tow it to a DFO facility in Prince Rupert. Because this incident was reported so promptly, we were able to gather a necropsy team, led by Dr. Stephen Raverty of the BC Centre for Animal Health, and complete a full necropsy on Wednesday. While a definitive cause of death awaits Dr. Raverty's complete assessment, there was evidence of a serious blunt force trauma, possibly resulting from collision with a vessel. DFO is very concerned about vessel strikes on killer whales and other cetaceans.
C21 was seen with a newborn calf before her death.

C22 Diver ?: 1997

C22 Diver

C22 Diver 2007