Rub a rub a rub

Yesterday, the group of orcas (A11s with Springer, A36s with A12, A8s) that had been far to the east in Johnstone Strait for several days (probably fishing or looking for fish) returned to western Johnstone Strait.  They arrived at the eastern boundary of the Reserve around 8am, went in for a rub at the Main […]

Gone fishing

It seems that the groups who’ve arrived so far (A36s with A12, A8s, A11s) have been finding it easier to be in Nodales Channel, in the far eastern reaches of Johnstone Strait, than in our immediate vicinity.  This is a pattern we’ve seen frequently in the last few years, and think it reflects the general […]

New arrivals

Yesterday, early in the afternoon, came the exciting news that “incoming” orcas were on their way, heading from Lizard Point towards Donegal Head on Malcolm Island.  They chose to enter Johnstone Strait via Weynton Pass, and were in two groups. There was some initial speculation as to who was there, but once DFO’s Jared Towers […]

Springer’s 4th anniversary – July 14th 2006

Springer’s 4th anniversary July 14th, 2006 marks the 4th anniversary of Springer’s repatriation. The little orphan orca, who’s dramatic rescue and return to her family captivated the world in 2002, is now 6 years old and a fully functional member of her A4 pod and Northern Resident orca community. Springer was in her usual place […]

Springer’s summer – October 4th 2005

Like the touch of fine silk caressing skin, Springer’s presence amidst her community was barely noticeable this summer. She was there, but she has become integrated so well that it was often difficult to find her among the crowd of other orcas visiting Johnstone Strait. By no means invisible, and still clearly identifiable via her […]

Springer returns! – July 9th 2003

Today we received the news that we (and many others around the world) have been waiting and hoping for… Springer (A73) has survived the winter, she is still with her family, and she looks great! Springer was first sighted by the Naiad Explorer around 11am this morning to the west of Numas Island in Queen Charlotte […]

Springer update and CD now available – December 10th 2002

The return of little orphaned orca Springer (A73) to her home waters in British Columbia was in the end accomplished smoothly and with little fuss. Within days of her release on July 15th Springer was among her kin and the larger community to which she belongs. She spent the summer roaming around with them, socialising […]

Still looking good! – September 20th 2002

Still looking good! Springer (A73) has spent almost all of the time since our last update in the Johnstone Strait “core area” so we have had many opportunities to observe her. She’s looking great & has been solidly among a large group of orcas from the A clan that has been together for weeks and […]

Springer returns to Johnstone Strait – August 17th 2002

After nearly 3 weeks away from Johnstone Strait, A73 (Springer) has returned with the A4s! She entered Johnstone Strait at around 11am, with part of the A11s (her aunt and cousins). There are quite a few orcas in the Johnstone Strait area today and A73 was right in the middle of a large group, that […]

Springer is home again – July 18th 2002

Springer, A73, the orphan baby orca, finally made it back to her home waters last Saturday! The 350 mile journey from Seattle, inside a water filled box aboard a fast catamaran, took just 11 hours. Then, amidst a fleet of vessels that had gathered in Blackfish Sound to greet her, Springer was lifted high in […]