Adopt Now

Your monthly gift makes a difference!

Symbolically adopting a wild killer whale will connect you with one of these amazing animals. With your monthly contribution, you will receive

✓ A symbolic adoption certificate
✓ Updates on Ocean Wise killer whale conservation efforts and opportunities to hear from marine mammal experts
✓ Ocean Wise monthly newsletters with the latest on exciting ocean conservation initiatives
✓ A consolidated tax receipt for the full amount of your donation at the end of the year

Give the gift of a symbolic adoption

You can share the joy of symbolically adopting wild killer whales with your loved ones. Simply select an animal to symbolically adopt and complete the form. They also will receive all the benefits of this symbolic adoption!

Select a Whale or Matriline to Symbolically Adopt

Each whale has been identified with its scientific number, adoption name, gender and year of birth. When you adopt a matriline, you are symbolically adopting a killer whale family.

Individual Whales

A73
Springer
A female northern resident killer whale rescued in 2002 and now thriving in the wild
A72
Bend
She is of the most recognizable northern resident killer whale!
A119
Venture
A young male killer whale born in 2018, Venture is a member of the A5 pod.
A67
Eclipse
Named after Eclipse Point, Eclipse is an adult female killer whale born in late 1997.
A80
Hope
A male northern resident killer whale born in 2004 and younger brother to Eclipse.
A109
Eliot
Eliot is a young female killer whale born in 2014.
A66
Surf
Surf is a male northern resident killer whale belonging to the A42 Matriline.
T123A
Stanley
Stanley, a Bigg’s killer whale, is named after the famous Vancouver landmark Stanley Park.
J35
Tahlequah
One of the most famous wild killer whales, she was observed carrying her deceased newborn's body in 2018.
J26
Mike
Name after Dr. Michael Bigg, the pioneer of killer whale research in British Columbia
K36
Yoda
A charismatic young female southern killer whale born in 2003.
L72
Racer
Born in 1986, she belongs to the L pod, the largest pod of the southern killer whale residents.

Matrilines

A73
Matriline
This matriline consists of the famous northern resident Springer (A73) and her two calves Spirit (A104) and Storm (A116).
A42
Matriline
Part of the A5 pod of northern resident killer whales and is made up matriarch Sonora (A42) and her family
T123
Matriline
This group of Bigg's killer whales is frequently encountered in the Salish Sea with multiple sightings reported each year.
T18
Matriline
Part of the Bigg's killer whale population, this family consists of a grandmother, her daughter, and two adult grandsons.
J4
Matriline
Led by Shachi (J19), they belong to J pod one of three southern resident pods.
J17
Matriline
Family members in this southern resident matriline include Tahlequah (J35) and others seen in the feature film, Free Willy.

Your monthly support through the Killer Whale Adoption Program will support a range of conservation activities at Ocean Wise, including the Marine Mammal Research Program’s killer whale research and other conservation activities that protect our ocean and the animals who call it home. Ocean Wise is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the oceans are healthy and thriving.

For more information about the killer whale adoption program, please contact us at [email protected].