Meet the Whales
Each of our wild killer whales has a different story!
How do we know? The killer whales that roam the British Columbia coast have all been individually identified by researchers. Each whale has been identified with a scientific number, adoption name, gender and year of birth.
In 1973, Canadian scientists began compiling photographs of killer whales off B.C. and Washington; by using physical characteristics such as nicks, scars and the shape of the dorsal fin it was possible to identify individual whales. This pioneer photo identification program, now an annual event, has enabled scientists to construct detailed family trees for each matriline and pod.
You can choose to adopt a whale from the Northern Resident, Southern Resident and Transient populations.