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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

  • A12 Scimitar (F1941)
  • A34 Simoom (F1975)
  • A55 Echo (M1990)
  • A62 Misty (F1993)
  • A67 Eclipse (F1996)
  • A80 Hope (?2004)
  • A83 Dusky (?2005)
  • A91 Fantome (?2009)
  • A92 Sunday (?2009)

A30 Matriline

  • A30 Tsitika (F1974)
  • 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)

A4 Pod (A Clan)
A11 Matriline

  • A11 Yakat (F1958)
  • A35 Skagit (F1974)
  • A13 Skeena (M1978)
  • A52 Kiltik (F1987)
  • A56 Nihwitti (F1990)
  • A70 Sunny (F1999)
  • A77 Roller (?2003)
  • A81 Nalau (?2004)
  • A90 Pine (?2008)

A24 Matriline

  • A24 Kelsey (F1967)
  • A64 Schooner (F1995)
  • A71 Magin (M1999)
  • A78 Toba (?2003)
  • A73 Springer (F2000)
  • A89 Kanish (?2008)
  • A94 Mystery (?2009)

A5 Pod (A Clan)
A8 Matriline

  • A28 Havannah (F1974)
  • 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

  • A51 Nodales (F1986)
  • A61 Surge (M1994)
  • A85 Cordero (?2005)

B1 Pod (A Clan)
B7 Matriline

  • B7 Scarlett (F1947)
  • B10 Slingsby (M1979)
  • B13 Yuculta (M1987)
  • B14 Klaskish (F1991)
  • B15 Raven (M1995)
  • B16 Arrow (?2004)
  • B17 Nasparti (?2008)

C1 Pod (A Clan)
C6 Matriline

  • C6 Ivory (F1955)
  • 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)
  • C17 Cosmos (M1989)
  • C23 Fin (F1998)
  • C24 Kestrel (?2000)
  • 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)

 

 

 

G1 Pod (G Clan)
G18 Matriline 

  • G31 Sharbau (F1981)
  • G39 Shushartie (M1989)
  • G52 Tatchu (F1992)
  • G54 Glide (F1994)

G29 Matriline

  • G29 Hanna (F1970)
  • G46 M.B. (F1990)
  • G72 Petrel (?2004)

I11 Pod (G Clan)
I11 Matriline

  • I11 Egeria (F1954)
  • 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)