We started the day departing Snug harbor and heading up towards Point Roberts in the strait of Georgia responding to early whale sighting reports. When we arrived on scene we recognized the individuals we were seeing to be members of J Pod. There were about 25 whales spread throughout the Strait of Georgia in groups of two and three. We followed a few groups with Eba working to detect fecal scents. We followed J59 and her mother down through the Strait of Georgia for a while towards Stewart Island observing a few tail slaps. Towards the end of the day we positioned ahead of the main group as we were heading back to Snug Harbor and saw J16 rapidly traveling south.

Research Vessel

R/V Cheena


Southern Resident Killer Whales


J Pod

Research Activities

Fecal Collection

This work is made possible in part by a grant from
Rose Foundation