Sadness and sentiment – the start of summer 2011

A rare April encounter brought the first hint that the A5 pod might have suffered an unexpected loss. The young adult female, Nodales (A51), was not with her family, though all the A5 matrilines were present.  She and her 2010 baby were both missing.  Denial, and no further sightings of the group until much later, […]

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 […]

Corky’s sad 37th anniversary – December 11th 2006

December 11th, 2006, is the 37th anniversary of the tragic day that Corky’s family, the A5 pod of the “northern resident” community of British Columbia orcas, passed through the narrow entrance of Pender Harbour during a fierce winter storm, and had their lives forever changed.  Perhaps the whales were seeking shelter or chasing fish, or […]

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 […]

Corky has earned her retirement – December 10th 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005, is the 36th anniversary of Corky’s capture in British Columbia, Canada. She is the longest surviving captive orca in the world. First at Marineland of the Pacific, and since 1987 at Sea World in San Diego, Corky’s life in captivity has been a story of survival and heartbreak. She has been […]

Corky’s family visits Johnstone Strait – February 20th 2000

Hello everyone, This afternoon, moments after we sent out our gloomy message about Belen, the Argentinian orca who died recently, Leo (our dog) pricked up his ears & we heard orcas calling on the hydrophone monitor inside our house! They were on the Parson Island station first, then on Cracroft Point, so we think the […]