Familiar fins and complete strangers. 

Familiar fins and complete strangers. 

In the foreground of this photo are members of AP pod, including AP11, AP4, AP4′s calf, and AP8. I know these whales well and have seen them countless times. In the background, however, are whales that are unfamiliar to me. They have not been documented in the killer whale photo-identification catalog for Alaska. I have seen some of these whales on a few occasions, but they have always defied recognition. We do not know where they come from, where they go, or how they fit into the southern Alaska resident killer whale population. 

There is still much to learn!