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AD34 Nanwalek had a new calf in 2018, and it is exceptionally cute. Definitely a highlight of year for me!

An Incredible Evening on the Water with Southe…

An Incredible Evening on the Water with Southern Residents. To read this story (and more!), follow the link in our bio.⠀

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AS41 and another member of AS30 pod goofing around.

The AS33 Matriline

The AS33 Matriline

This matriline of killer whales belongs to AS30 pod, a pod of about 20 or so whales. The matriarch, AS33, has 5 known offspring: AS41, AS43, AS47, AS48, and AS63. I documented all known members of this group this year, and possibly a newborn calf for AS33 as well. Here are their photos, left to right: 

#1: AS33 and potentially a new 2017-2018 calf! This was the only photo I was able to snap of them so I can’t be 100% sure it was hers (her daughter AS47 is close to breeding age) but it seems likely. 

#2: AS63 (6 years old) and mother AS33.

#3: Adult male AS41. There is no age estimate for him but he is at minimum 17-20. 

#4: AS43 (15 years old) and sister AS47 (12 years old)

#5: AS49 (9 years old) and sex unknown. 

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A Once in a Lifetime Whale Watching Experience! To read this story (and more!), follow the link in our bio.⠀
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Killer cuddles.

Like many species of dolphin, killer whales are very tactile creatures. They often rub up against each other during periods of socialization. There are times when they are so physically close to one another it can be hard to tell where one whale ends and another begins!

Incredible Morning with the T34’s and T3…

Incredible Morning with the T34’s and T37’s. To read this story (and more!), follow the link in our bio.⠀
Photo: T37, T34 and T34B by @brendonbissonnette⠀
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We just hit 20K followers on Instagram and are jumping for joy! Huge thanks to everyone who supports and follows us! We can’t wait to hear your #whaletales!⠀
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Let us introduce NKW-048, an adult female recognizable at her quite special eye-patches 😋She was in Skjervøy last week!

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I love the feeling of excitement when you make important matches!

As many of you know, I have been trying for the last year to identify and study a mysterious pod of killer whales that has shown up in Kachemak Bay. While I’ve been able to consistently identify one large male across all encounters with these whales, I have not been able to cross match other members of the pod until now.

Because they have always been seen in the company of identified but poorly known pods, it has made identifying individual members of this mystery pod a nightmare. They associate with whales whose ID photos are often not updated, so it was hard to know if the unidentifiable whales I was seeing in my photos were truly members of this new pod or just poor quality photos of whales from other pods that have already been documented.

However, I recently made a successful match between encounters of one member of the mystery pod! This female was seen on two occasions with the large male from the mystery pod and does not match any other known Alaskan resident killer whale, so I can be confident that this female belongs to this mystery pod. It will take many more encounters with these whales to fully understand pod composition and structure.