The Center for Whale Research has shared the results of their 2010 summer Orca Survey, with the sad news that we have lost 3 adult orcas and one calf this year.
Missing and presumed dead are:
- L114, new calf born to L77 in February 2010, missing when the whales returned in June.
- L73/Flash, a male born in 1986, missing summer 2010.
- L74/Saanich, a male also born in 1986, missing summer 2010.
- K11/Georgia, a female estimated to be born in 1933, last observed in May 2010.
This brings the population of the Southern Resident orca community to about 87 individuals. J pod has 28 members; K pod has 19; and L pod has 40, including (approximately):
- ~9 post-reproductive females (over 40 years old)
- ~25 adult females (12-40 years old)
- ~19 mature or adolescent males (over 12 years old)
- ~21 juveniles (5-12 years old)
- ~13 calves (0-4 years old)