Each of our wild killer whales has a different story!
How do we know? The killer whales that roam the British Columbia (B.C.) coast have all been individually identified by researchers. Each whale has been identified with a scientific number, adoption name, sex (if known), and year of birth.
In 1973, Canadian scientists began compiling photographs of killer whales off the coast of British Columbia and Washington. By using physical characteristics such as nicks, scars, and the shape of the dorsal fin, it was possible to identify individual whales. This pioneer photo identification program, now an annual event, has enabled scientists to construct detailed family trees for each matriline (family) and pod – all of which are listed as at risk under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in Canada.
You can choose to adopt a whale from the northern resident, southern resident, and Bigg’s (transient) populations.
Click below to find out more about our adoptable wild killer whales and their families: