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Adopt the A73 Matriline

The A73 matriline is part of the A4 pod of northern resident killer whales and is made up of matriarch, Springer (A73) and her offspring, Spirit (A104) and Storm (A116). Springer, born in 2000, is named after Springer Point on Sonora Island (50°18’00″N 125°13’00”) at the south end of Johnstone Strait and is quite the celebrity!

After her mother, Sutley (A45), died sometime in 2001, Springer showed up alone and in poor health in Washington State’s Puget Sound in early 2002. She was just two years old. Approaching dangerously close to boats, her behaviour and physical condition were a growing cause for concern. A group of experts, including a team from the Vancouver Aquarium, has an ambitious plan: to rescue Springer, restore her to health, and reunite her with her pod in Canadian waters. In the weeks following her release, Springer was spotted with members of her family’s pod. Recognized by her calls, she was slowly welcomed back into her own northern resident community.

Although Springer rarely travels with her A24 matriline, she is most often sighted with her adopted family, the A35 matriline and a female killer whale named Nahwitti (A56). Springer’s release was deemed the ultimate success when she gave birth to Spirit in 2013, and Storm in 2017. Spirit is named after Spirit Island on the central coast of British Columbia (52°09’34″N 128°06’11″W), and Storm is named after Storm Rock in Fitz Hugh Sound (54°25’29″N 130°18’00”) which is where the calf was first seen.