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Meet the Whales

Bigg's (Transient) Killer Whales  

Bigg's (Transient) killer whales roam over large areas of the B.C. coast is smaller groups, feeding on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and even other whales. Individual B.C. west coast Bigg's killer whales have been spotted as far away as western Alaska and the California coast. Bigg's killer whales have a much looser social structure than residents and do not usually form large kinship groupings. Learn more about the Bigg's killer whales.

Most whales in the Bigg's population are named after specific places off the coast of B.C., such as Stanley (T123A) who was named after Stanley Park in Vancouver. All whales are given names when they are added to the Adoption Program by the researchers who first encounter them. 



Five groups in the B.C. west coast Bigg's (Transient) community are available for adoption. Each whale's scientific number, adoption name, gender (if known) and year of birth are listed below. Click on the groups names to see the family trees and more detailed information. 


T2 Group

  • T2B Pedder (F1979)
  • T2C Tasu (F1989)
  • T2C1 Rocky (M2002)
  • T2C2 Tumbo (?2005)
  • T2C3 Lucy (F2011) 

T10 Group

  • T10 Langara (F≤1963)
  • T10B Siwash (M1983)
  • T10C Bones (M1999)  


T18 Group

  • T18 Esperanza (F≤1974)
  • T19 Mooyah (F≤1969)
  • T19B Galiano (M1995)
  • T19C Spouter (M2001)


T123 Group

  • T123 Sidney (F≤1985)
  • T123A Stanley (M2000)
  • T123C Lucky (?2012)