A Southern Resident killer whale peeking above the surface.

L Pod

We departed Snug Harbor just after 9 AM and joined up with members of the L12 matriline. We encountered both L77 and L88 several times throughout the day. We observed and recorded a lot of socializing at the surface, including tail slaps, breaching, rolling, and lifting. This was an excellent opportunity to collect fecal samples from L pod individuals we had not previously seen this season. We returned to Snug Harbor just after 3 PM and returned to our office to process and store fecal samples collected during the day.

Research Vessel

R/V Cheena

Species

Southern Resident Killer Whales

Pods

L Pod

Matrilines

L12s, L77s, L94s

Research Activities

Fecal Collection, Behavior Data

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