A4 pod - A24 matriline

The matriarch A24 Kelsy born in 1967 lost her mother A10 in 1983 when A10 and her youngest calf, A47, where shot by a boater.
Researcher Dave "Eagle Eye" Briggs, the California-based researcher who perches every summer on a cliff across from Robson Bight, heard the gunshots. Dave flagged down a whale-watching boat, and they went to check the whales. As the boat approached, the whales turned and came directly toward them. The passengers watched in awed horror.
"A10 pushed her wounded calf to my side of the boat," Dave later told me. "We could se the wound oozing blood. It really seemed that she was showing us: Look what you humans have done."
A10 and her baby both died that winter.
The two sisters, Yakat (A11) and Kelsy (A24), assumed the roles of clan matriarchs while still in their thirties, a young age for orca family heads.
(Source: Listening to Whales by Alexandra Morton)

Kelsy had her first calf in 1981, A41 who died in its first year. In 1983 A45 Sutley was born. The third calf was born in 1985, A49 and died in 1986. In 1988 A24 had another calf, A53, who lived for four years and died in 1992.
In that same year Kelsy had her fifth calf, A58 who died one year later in 1993.
After that Kelsy had 3 more calfs who are all still alive. A64, Schooner, born in 1995, A71, Magin, born in 1999 and A78, Toba born in 2003.

Sutley (A45) had two calfs before she died in 2001.
The first was A68, born in 1997 who died in its first year and the second was A73, the famous orca Springer. Springer was born in 2000 and lost her mother a year later.

Read more about Springers story..


Distinctive calls

The dialects of A11 and A24 matrilines cannot easily be distinguished from each other. They are acoustically more closely related to A5 than to A1 pod

The repertoire of the A4 pod consists of the following 14 discrete calls: N1v, N2, N3, N4, N5i, N7i, N7ii, N8i, N9ii, N10, N11i, N12, N13, and N19

The calls N1v, N9ii, and N19 are exclusive for A4 pod.

The other 11 calls are shared with at least the A1s and A5s, except call N13 which is also made by the A5s only.
The calls N2, N4, N7i, and N10 are also made by the A1s and A5s.
The calls N3 and N12 are made by all the A clan groups.
The call N5i are also made by the A1s, A5s, Bs, Hs and I1s
The call N7ii are also made by the A1s, A5s and I1s
The cal N8i are also made by the A1s, A5s and Hs
The call N11i are also made by the A1s, A5s and Bs

Listen to the distictive calls of A4 pod



A4 M:1952-1984



A24 Kelsey F:1967

A24 Kelsey


A45 Sutley F:1983-2001

A45 Sutley

The father of Sutley was A6 Strider of the A30 matriline.


A53 F:1988-1992



A58 ?:1992-1993



A64 Schooner ?:1995

A64 Schooner


A71 Magin ?:1999


A71 Magin


A73 Springer F:2000

A73 Springer

A73 Springer id

A73 Springer


A78 Toba ?:2003


A78 Toba