Good Springer news – November 15th 2007

Springer has returned to Johnstone Strait, and she looks great! Almost 3 anxious months have passed since the tragic oil spill in Robson Bight, which exposed fully 25% of the Northern resident orca community to toxic diesel fumes. Springer’s family, the A4 pod, was one of the groups which spent several hours amidst a dense […]

Oil spill update – October 4th 2007

Well over a month has now passed since the tragic oil spill in the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve. On the official side, virtually nothing has happened, but on the NGO side, much progress has been made. Given the governmental inaction, the immediate NGO response, led by Living Oceans and Greenpeace, to raise the […]

Robson Bight oil spill update – August 28th 2007

Robson Bight oil spill update A week has passed since the shocking oil spill inside the Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve on August 20th. The oil slick has dispersed and most obvious signs of contamination have disappeared. A few oil soaked dead sea birds were found, and others were observed preening excessively in the […]

Oil spill threatens orcas – August 21st 2007

Yesterday, shortly before noon, a barge laden with logging equipment that included a fuel truck carrying thousands of litres of diesel fuel, spilled its load in the Robson Bight Michael Bigg Ecological Reserve. The fuel truck and numerous other vehicles carrying diesel fuel plunged 200m to the bottom, where the fuel was released and quickly […]

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 continues to thrive! – September 4th 2002

Springer (A73) continues to thrive in the company of some of her closest family members along with many other orcas. It is now just over six weeks since Springer was released back into her home waters. In that time we think Springer has probably encountered every matriline in the northern resident orca community. Whether Springer […]

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 returns again… still with her family! – July 27th 2002

This day began with reports of numerous orcas arriving from the north… from their calls we knew that several A & G clan families were present, including A1s, A4s, I15s & I31/I11s, but we heard no A5 calls and did not know whether Springer’s companions of the past 10 days (A51 & A61) were there […]

Springer is coming home! – July 18th 2002

This coming Friday, July 12th, Springer (A73) will return to her ancestral home in the Johnstone Strait area of British Columbia! A site has been prepared in Dong Chong Bay at the eastern edge of Hanson Island, adjacent to Blackfish Sound. Two pens are ready – one for Springer and another for wild salmon that […]