The team set out from Snug Harbor and headed north, where we located members of both J and L pods. We captured photographs and observed mostly travel behaviors. Several groups split off, but we remained behind a group of about ten whales to set ourselves up to collect the best samples.

It ended up being a very busy day, with large fecal samples spread around our area. We also found a sample of something that could be a placenta, plant matter, or possibly even a jellyfish. Our lab will analyze the material to provide a positive identification. With the help of Eba, our scent-detection dog, we were able to locate and collect several fecal samples.

Research Vessel

R/V Cheena


Southern Resident Killer Whales


J Pod, L Pod

Research Activities

Fecal Collection, Behavior Data