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Meet the Whales

Transient Killer Whales  

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

Most whales in the transient community are named after specific places off the coast of British Columbia, such as Pender (T14) who was named after Pender Harbour at the northern end of Georgia Strait. All whales are given names when they are added to the adoption program by the researchers who first encounter them.  





Seven groups in the BC west coast transient community are available for adoption.  Each whale's scientific number, adoption name, gender and year of birth are listed below.  Click on the groups names to see the family trees and more detailed information. 


T2 Group

  • T2 Florencia (F1950)
  • T2B Pedder (F1979)
  • T2C Tasu (F1989)
  • T2C1 Rocky (?2002)
  • T2C2 Tumbo (?2005) 

T10 Group

  • T10 Langara (F≤1963)
  • T10B Siwash (M1983)
  • T10C Bones (?1999)  


T12 Group 

  • T12A Nitinat (M1982)  

T13 Group

  • T14 Pender (M1964) 

T18 Group

  • T18 Esperanza (F≤1974)
  • T19 Mooyah (F≤1969)
  • T19B Galiano (M1995)
  • T19C Spouter (?2001)


T21 Group 

  • T21 Pandora (F≤1968)
  • T20 Kwatsi (M≤1963)

T123 Group

  • T123 Sidney (F≤1985)
  • T123A Stanley (M2000)
  • T123B Thrasher (?2009)