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Meet the Whales

Northern Resident Killer Whales

The northern resident killer whales generally travel in large pods of closely related individuals within predictable ranges and feed primarily on fish. The northern resident community patrols the waters off northern Vancouver Island and the mainland central and north coasts, and as far as southeast Alaska. Learn more about the northern resident killer whales

Most whales in the northern resident community are named after specific places off the coast of British Columbia, and within the range of the northern residents.  For example Kelsey (A24) was named after Kelsey Bay in Johnstone Strait. The northern residents are named by the researchers who study these whales.

 

 

 

 

Eighteen matrilines in the northern resident community are available for adoption.  Each whale's scentific number, adoption name, gender and year of birth are listed below.  Click on the matriline names to see the family tree and more detailed information.  

A1 Pod (A Clan)
A36 Matriline

  • A37 Plumper (M1977)
  • A46 Kaikash (M1982)

A12 Matriline

  • A34 Simoom (F1975)
  • A55 Echo (M1990)
  • A62 Misty (F1993)
  • A67 Eclipse (F1996)
  • A80 Hope (M2004)
  • A83 Dusky (?2005)
  • A91 Fantome (M2009)
  • A96 Rainy (?2010)

A30 Matriline

  • A38 Blackney (M1970)
  • A39 Pointer (M1975)
  • A50 Clio (F1984)
  • A54 Blinkhorn (F1989)
  • A72 Bend (F1999)
  • A75 Cedar (?2001)
  • A84 Klaoitsis (?2005)
  • A86 Cutter (?2006)
  • A93 Cypress (?2009)
  • A99 Alder (?2011)

A4 Pod (A Clan)
A11 Matriline

  • A35 Skagit (F1974)
  • A52 Kiltik (F1987)
  • A56 Nihwitti (F1990)
  • A70 Sunny (F1999)
  • A77 Roller (?2003)
  • A81 Nalau (?2004)
  • A90 Pine (?2008)
  • A97 Kalect (?2010)
  • A100 Kwatna (?2011)

A24 Matriline

  • A64 Schooner (F1995)
  • A71 Magin (M1999)
  • A78 Toba (?2003)
  • A73 Springer (F2000)
  • A89 Kanish (?2008)
  • A94 Mystery (?2009)

A5 Pod (A Clan)
A8 Matriline

  • A42 Sonora (F1980)
  • A66 Surf (M1996)
  • A79 Current (?2004)
  • A88 Cameleon (F2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A23 Matriline  

  • A43 Ripple (F1981)
  • A60 Fife (M1992)
  • A69 Midsummer (F1996)
  • A95 Fern (?2009) 

A25 Matriline

  • A61 Surge (M1994)
  • A85 Cordero (?2005)

B1 Pod (A Clan)
B7 Matriline

  • B7 Scarlett (F1947)
  • B10 Slingsby (M1979)
  • B13 Yuculta (M1987)
  • B14 Klaskish (F1991)
  • B16 Arrow (?2004)
  • B17 Nasparti (M2008) 

C1 Pod (A Clan)
C6 Matriline

  • C8 Lama (F1975)
  • C14 Hunter (M1985)
  • C16 Kisameet (M1989)
  • C18 Squally (M1991)
  • C19 Virago (F1991)
  • C22 Diver (M1997)
  • C27 Spicer (?2006)
  • C31 Naden (?2009) 

C10 Matriline

  • C10 Koeye (F1971)
  • C13 Fifer (F1985)
  • C23 Fin (F1998)
  • C24 Kestrel (M2000)
  • C26 Naysash (?2004)
  • C28 Kelpie (?2007)
  • C29 Blackfly (?2009)
  • C30 Sweeper (?2009) 

D1 Pod (A Clan)
D7 Matriline

  • D9 Takush (F1971)
  • D10 Winchester (F1978)
  • D13 Cascade (F1984)
  • D12 Hakai (F1982)
  • D19 Gypsy (?1998)
  • D20 Whisky (?1999)
  • D23 Nowish (?2003)

D11 Matriline

  • D11 Christie (F1975)
  • D17 Fisher (F1990)
  • D21 Shearwater (?2004)
  • D25 Ashby (?2007)
  • D26 Kiwash (?2010) 

 

 

 

G1 Pod (G Clan)
G18 Matriline 

  • G31 Sharbau (F1981)
  • G39 Shushartie (M1989)
  • G52 Tatchu (F1992)
  • G54 Glide (F1994)
  • G84 Radar (M2007)
  • G94 Nuchatlitz (?2010)
  • G96 Duncanby (?2011) 

G29 Matriline

  • G46 M.B. (F1990)
  • G72 Petrel (?2004)

I11 Pod (G Clan)
I11 Matriline

  • I12 Loquillilla (F1970)
  • I13 Goletas (F1974)
  • I42 Skuna (M1983)
  • I47 Quatsino (M1985)
  • I64 Kokish (M1990)
  • I78 Zayas (M1997)
  • I105 Levy (?2004)
  • I108 Tatnall (?2005)

R1 Pod (R Clan)
R2 Matriline

  • R3 Nigei (M1956)
  • R12 Kitlope (M1966)

R7 Matriline

  • R13 Kimsquit (F1979)
  • R47 Kevin (?2005)
  • R57 Eucott (?2011)