Northern Residents News 2013

September 17, 2013. The dead orca male found near Tofino is identified as I46, of the I31s, born in 1985.

July 9, 2013
A54, Blikhorn of the A30s was also reported with a new calf. This is her fourth calf. 

July 8, 2013
Graeme Ellis and I wanted to let you know that Springer was observed last Thursday, July 4th, off the BC central coast and she was accompanied by a new calf. Springer and her calf were travelling with the A35 matriline, part of her natal pod. Both mother and calf were looking good. At 13 years old, this is about the normal age for Springer to have her first calf (average for northern residents is 14 years, range 10 to 21).
This is great news for Springer given all she went through as an orphaned calf, her rescue in Seattle and her successful release back to the wild. Let's hope both she and her calf continue to thrive!

John Ford, Pacific Biological Station, DFO, Canada
Photo by Graeme Ellis, Pacific Biological Station, DFO, Canada

July 7,2013
Orcalab reports that the matriline A30 (Tsitika) is missing and presumed dead.