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 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 update… Looking good! – August 2nd 2002

Springer (A73) is showing every sign of adjusting successfully to her new life in the wild. When we saw her last, two evenings ago, close in front of OrcaLab heading north, she was travelling closest to her natal matriline, the A24s – with her “adopted” matriline, the A25s, not far behind. This is a very […]

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 returns with family – July 24th 2002

Great news… Springer (A73) came back to Johnstone Strait yesterday, with other orcas! When she headed north in the middle of a crowd of orcas on July 18th, Springer was swimming close to A51 & A61, the “other” orphans. Amazingly, they managed to elude the eyes of observers further up the coast for four days […]

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 […]

Springer is back in Canada – July 13th 2002

Just after 10am, this morning, A73 arrived back in Canada! She is expected to be back in Johnstone Strait around 6pm. Everyone in the area is eagerly anticipating her return… Her grandmother and great aunt are already in the Johnstone Strait area. A24 (Springer’s Grandmother) arrived yesterday!