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Births and Deaths

Southern Resident Orca Community Demographics,
Composition of Pods, Births and Deaths since 1998

Updated November 1, 2013

All data provided by the Center for Whale Research, San Juan Island.

As of November 1, 2013, the Southern Resident Killer Whale (Orca) population was comprised of 80 individuals. J pod has 25 members; K pod has 19; and L pod has 36, including (approximately):

  • 11 post-reproductive females (over 40 years old)
  • 26 adult females (12-40 years old)
  • 15 mature or adolescent males (over 12 years old)
  • 10 juvenile females (under 12 years old)
  • 15 juvenile males (under 12 years old)
  • 7 juveniles of unknown gender


  • Go here for Complete list and photos of babies born since 2001

    And here for The Whale Museum's Adoption names and stories for each whale.

    J pod

    ID M/F DOB
    J2 F 1911*
    J14 F 1974
    J16 F 1972*
    J17 F 1977
    J19 F 1979
    J22 F 1985
    J26 M 1991
    J27 M 1991
    J28 F 1993
    J31 F 1995
    J32 F 1996
    J34 M 1998
    J35 F 1998
    J36 F 1999
    J37 F 2001
    J38 M 2003
    J39 M 2003
    J40 F 2004
    J41 F 2005
    J42 F 2007
    J44 M 2009
    J45 M 2009
    J46 F 2009
    J47 M 2010
    J49 M 2012

    K pod

    ID M/F DOB
    K12 F 1972*
    K13 F 1972*
    K14 F 1977
    K16 F 1985
    K20 F 1986
    K21 M 1986
    K22 F 1987
    K25 M 1991
    K26 M 1993
    K27 F 1994
    K33 M 2001
    K34 M 2001
    K35 M 2002
    K36 F 2003
    K37 M 2004
    K38 M 2004
    K42 M 2008
    K43 F 2010
    K44 M 2011

    L pod (1)

    ID M/F DOB
    L22 F 1971*
    L25 F 1928*
    L27 F 1965*
    L41 M 1977
    L47 F 1974
    L53 F 1977
    L54 F 1977
    L55 F 1977
    L72 F 1986
    L77 F 1987
    L82 F 1990
    L83 F 1990
    L84 M 1990
    L85 M 1991
    L86 F 1991
    L87 M 1992
    L88 M 1993

    L pod (2)

    ID M/F DOB
    L89 M 1993
    L90 F 1993
    L91 F 1995
    L92 M 1995
    L94 F 1995
    L95 M 1996
    L100 M 2001
    L103 F 2003
    L105 M 2004
    L106 M 2005
    L108 M 2006
    L109 M 2007
    L110 M 2007
    L113 F 2009
    L115 M 2010
    L116 M 2010
    L117 U 2010
    L118 U 2011
    L119 F 2012

    Dates of births marked with an asterisk (*) are estimated based on actuarial tables of mortality rates combined with observed association patterns to determine family relationships, from Life history and population dynamics of resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the coastal waters of British Columbia and Washington State, Olesiuk, P.F., M.A. Bigg and G.M. Ellis (Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, B.C., Canada V9R 5K6) (1990). In: P.S. Hammond, S.A. Mizroch and G.P. Donovan (eds.): Individual recognition of cetaceans: Use of photo-identification and other techniques to estimate population parameters. Special Report #12, International Whaling Commission, Cambridge, p. 209-243.

    Since 1998, 37 orcas have been born and survived:
    • J49 male, born to J37, August, 2012
    • L119 male, born to L77, May, 2012
    • K44 male, born to K27, July, 2011
    • L118 unk., born to L55, January, 2011
    • L117 unk., born to L54, December, 2010
    • L116 male, born to L82, October, 2010
    • L115 male, born to L47, August, 2010
    • K43 female, born to K12, February, 2010
    • J47 male, born to J35, January, 2010
    • J46 female, born to J28, November, 2009
    • L113 female, born to L94, October, 2009
    • J45 male, born to J14, February/March, 2009
    • J44 male, born to J17, February, 2009
    • K42 male, born to K14 (Lea) her fourth calf, June, 2008
    • L110 male, born to L83, her first calf, summer, 2007
    • J42 female, born to J16 (Slick), her third calf, spring, 2007
    • L109 male, born to L55 (Nuggett), her third calf, winter or spring, 2007
    • L108 male, born to L54 (Ino), her second calf, June, 2006
    • J41 female, born to J19 (Shachi), her second calf, July, 2005
    • L106 male, born to L86 (Surprise), her first calf, first seen June, 2005
    • K38 male, born to K20 (Spock), her first calf, December, 2004
    • J40 female, born to J14 (Samish), her fourth calf, December, 2004
    • L105 male, born to L27 (Ophelia), her fifth calf, October, 2004
    • K37 male, born to K12 (Sequim), her fourth calf, January, 2004
    • K36 female, born to K14 (Lea), her fourth calf, September, 2003
    • L103 female, born to L55 (Nugget), her third calf, first seen June, 2003
    • J39 male, born to J11 (Blossom), her fourth calf, Spring, 2003
    • J38 male, (Cookie), born to J22 (Oreo), her second calf, Spring, 2003
    • K35 male, (Sonata), born to K16 (Opus), her first calf, Fall, 2002
    • L100 male, (Indigo), born to L54 (Ino), her first calf, Fall, 2001
    • K34 male, born to K13 (Skagit), her fourth calf, Oct./Nov. 2001
    • J37 female, (Hy'Shqa), born to J14 (Samish), her third calf, early Jan. 2001
    • K33 male, born to K22 (Sekiu), her first calf, early Jan. 2001
    • J36 female, born to J16 (Slick), her third calf, early 1999
    • K31 male, born to K12 (Sequim), her third calf, June 1999
    • J35 female, born to J17 (Princess Angeline), her second calf, 1998
    • J34 male, born to J22 (Oreo), her first calf, 1998

    Since 1998, 58 orcas have gone missing or have died:
    • J8 (Speiden) Female, born est. 1933; missing Fall, 2013
    • L79 (Skana) Male, born 1979; missing Summer, 2013
    • L2 (Grace) Female, born est. 1960; missing Fall, 2012
    • L26 (Baba) Female, born est. 1956; missing Spring, 2013
    • L78 (Gaia) Male, born 1989; missing Summer, 2012
    • K40 (Raggedy) female, born est. 1963; missing Spring, 2012
    • L5 (Tanya) female, born est. 1964; missing Spring, 2012
    • L12 (Alexis) female, born est. 1933; missing Spring, 2012
    • J30 (Riptide) female, born to J14, 1995; missing Spring, 2012
    • L112 (Victoria/Sooke) female, born to L86, February, 2009; found dead Feb. 11, 2012
    • J48 unk., born to J16, December, 2011; missing January, 2012
    • J1 (Ruffles) Male, born +/- 1951; missing Nov. 2010
    • L7 (Canuck) Female, born +/- 1961; missing Sept. 2010
    • J33 (Keet) Male, born 1996; missing August 2010
    • K11 (Georgia) female, born est. 1933; missing June 2010
    • L114 unk., born to L77, February, 2010; missing June 2010
    • L73 (Flash) male, born 1986; missing May 2010
    • L74 (Saanich) male, born 1986; missing late 2009/early 2010
    • L57 (Faith) male, born 1977, missing November, 2008
    • L67, (Splash) female, born 1985, missing September 2008
    • L111, female, born August 12, 2008; missing late August 2008
    • J11, (Blossom) female, born +/- 1972; missing July 2008
    • L21, (Ankh) female (Ankh), born +/- 1950; missing summer 2008
    • L101, (Aurora )male, born 2002 to L67, her fourth calf; missing summer 2008
    • K7, (Lummi) female, born +/- 1910, missing spring, 2008.
    • J43 unk., born to J14 (Samish), her fifth calf, born 11/07; missing April 2008
    • L104 unk., born to L43 (Jelly Roll), her third calf, born 10/04; missing June, 2007
    • K41 unk., born to K22 (Sekiu), her second calf, August, 2006
    • K39 unk., first calf of K28 (Raven), born June, 2006, missing October 21,2006.
    • K28, (Raven) female, born to K12 in 1994, last seen Sept. 19, 2006, calf K39 born June 6, 2006.
    • L43, (Jellyroll) female, born ca. 1972, last seen Sept. 2, 2006, mother of three.
    • L71, (Hugo) male, born to L26 in 1986, missing summer of 2006.
    • L98, (Luna) male, born to L67 in 1999, died March 10, 2006 in Nootka Sound, BC
    • K31, male, born to K12 in 1999, her third calf, missing in summer 2005
    • L32, female, born +/-1955, missing in summer 2005
    • L107 unk., born to L47 (Marina) in June, 2005, her fifth calf, missing in summer 2005
    • K18 (Kiska), born +/-1948, missing in December, 2003
    • L58 (Sparky), born 1980 to L5 (Tanya), missing in June 2003
    • L3 (Oreana), born +/-1950, missing in June 2003
    • L102 unk., born to L47 (Marina), her fourth calf, Fall 2002
    • L60 (Rascal) female, 30, washed up on outer WA coast in May, 2002
    • K32 calf born 2000, last seen 2000, mother K16 survives
    • L99 calf born 2000, last seen 2000, mother L47 and 2 older siblings survive
    • L62 (Cetus) male, 20, last seen 2000, mother L27 survives, 3 younger siblings deceased
    • L39 (Orcan) male, 25, last seen 2000, mother L2 and 3 younger siblings survive
    • L11 (Squirty) female, est. 43, last seen 2000, mother of five offspring - 3 surviving
    • L1 (Oskar) male, est. 41, last seen 2000, one surviving sister L-54
    • J18 (Everett) male, 23, son of J10, found at Tsawassen, Canada, March 2000
    • J10 (Tahoma) female, est. 37, last seen 1999
    • K4 (Morgan) female, est. 66, last seen 1999
    • L97 unk., born to L51, died as infant in Oct. 1999
    • L51 (Nootka) female, 26 (found at Race Rocks, Canada in Sept. 1999)
    • J11's calf, unk., died as infant Dec. 1998
    • L93 (Nerka) female, 3, last seen 1998
    • L38 (Dylan) male, est. 33, last seen 1998
    • L44 (Leo) male, 24, last seen 1998
    • K3 (Sounder) female, est. 44, last seen 1998
    • J20 (Ewok) female, 17, daughter of J10, last seen 1998


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