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 […]

Ties that bind

Several “A” clan matrilines in Gordon Channel, near Port Hardy, July 11, 2010.  Photo by Donna Mackay. Basic facts about orca society, and the glue that holds it together, have been known since the 1970s, when the “photo-ID” work of Mike Bigg and Ian McAskie, & their collaborators, revealed that “resident” fish eating orcas live in […]

An auspicious beginning – June 21st 2009

The summer orca “season” in Johnstone Strait began on June 19th with a marvelous visit by Simoom’s “A34” family.  We first heard them just after they entered Johnstone Strait, via Weynton Pass, at 12:25pm, after which they headed east casually, spread out.  When they were first sighted, off Big Bay on Hanson Island, by Jim […]

Robson Bight salvage: mission accomplished – May 19th 2009

The term “Mission Accomplished” has achieved such a tawdry reputation in recent times that one has to be hesitant about using it.  However, occasionally it is appropriate, and well deserved.  We are happy to report that such is the case for the Robson Bight salvage operation.   By 3pm today, the tanker truck laden with 10,000 […]