April 26, 2016

The infamous Budd Inlet capture occurred in February of 1976.  Sea World collector Don Goldsberry captured six orcas in Budd Inlet, Puget Sound hoping to supply whales to marine parks.  It was an ill timed venture to say the least, with the whales captured in nets only a few miles from Evergreen Sta...

April 16, 2016

April 16 was our first ever encounter with J pod.  Many of you may recognize this iconic photograph of J pod below.  It has been on the cover of the Orca Survey Matriline Guide since 1994. From Left to right: J11, J1, J3, J8 (surfacing), J16, unk. juvenile.

 J Pod
 

 J6 and J3

 


 

 

April 8, 2016

Below are scans from the original log book and film rolls from our first ever encounter 40 years ago today. Encounter 1, K's and L's off Dungeness Spit - April 8, 1976

 L8

 K5

 L11

L16 and L13 

 L25 and L27

 

 

 

April 2, 2016

It was 40 years ago today, April 1, that the Orca Survey Project began.  For those of you that don't know the history, Center for Whale Research Director, Ken Balcomb was contracted by the US National Marine Fisheries Service in 1976 to complete a census of the wild killer whales of Washington State...

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