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Southern resident population

 

Range

The southern residents spend most of the summer in the waters around southern Vancouver Island and northern Washington. Their winter range is less well known, but they have been sighted as far north as Haida Gwaii (aka the Queen Charlotte Islands) and as far south as Monterey, California.

 

Status

Southern residents are listed as endangered in both Canada and the United States.   

 

Population

This southern resident population only numbers approximately 86 whales. The southern resident population status and trends are monitored by the Center for Whale Research.  

 

Clans

One - J Clan 

 

Behaviour

Southern resident killer whales are very active at the surface. Breaches, spyhops and other acrobatics are common.   


Southern residents are most commonly found along southern Vancouver Island and into Washington, but range north to Haida Gwaii and south to California in winter months.