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Adopt the T123 Matriline

The T123 group is one of many groups of related whales belonging to the Bigg’s (transient) population of killer whales. It is made up of four individuals: matriarch, Sidney (T123), named after Sidney Island off the east side of southern Vancouver Island, and her offspring – Stanley (T123A), Lucky (T123C), and Darcy (T123D). Stanley received his name after he made a rare visit to Vancouver’s Inner Harbour in May 2011. Later that same year, Stanley and his mother were discovered stranded on a beach near Prince Rupert, British Columbia, but they were able to swim away a few hours later when the tide came up. They have been seen many times since and appear to have suffered no ill-effects from the stranding. The T123 group are frequently encountered in the Salish Sea with multiple sightings reported each year including sightings in Howe Sound and Vancouver Harbour.