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Sunday, August 22, 2010

SRKW Missing Orcas 2010

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.

Flash / L73
L73 / Flash
Flash / L73

- L74/Saanich, a male also born in 1986, missing summer 2010.

Saanich / L74

- K11/Georgia, a female estimated to be born in 1933, last observed in May 2010.

K11 / Georgia

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)

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