List of northern resident killer whale pods

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This is a list of Northern resident killer whale pods that live off the coast of British Columbia, Canada as of March 2013. The Northern Resident community is found in coastal waters ranging from mid-Vancouver Island to Southeastern Alaska up through the Queen Charlotte Islands. Northern residents live in close-knit family groups known as pods that frequently split in subpods during the winter months and feed only on fish. They have never been seen spending time with other communities, although their territories often overlap.


Pod Matrilines Individuals Notable members Notes
A Clan
A1 3 20 Stubbs (A1)*, Nicola (A2)*, Tsitika (A30)* See main article
A4 3 15 Yakat (A11)*, Kelsy (A24), Siwiti (A48)*, Springer (A73) See main article
A5 3 10 Top Notch (A5)*, Eve (A9)*, Sharky (A25)*, Corky (A16) See main article
B1 1 6 Hooker (B1)* Used to have a large proportion of males
C1 2 16 Namu (C1)* Its two matrilines most often travel separately
D1 2 12 Wrap Fin (D1)* Its two matrilines are most often encountered together
H1 1 5 Has been encountered infrequently
I1 1 18 Has been encountered very infrequently
I2 1 3 Has been encountered very infrequently
I18 2 24
G Clan
G1 4 34
G12 2 16
I11 2 26
I31 2 10
R Clan
R1 4 38 Spans a record five generations
W1 1 1 Will eventually die out as there is no reproductive female.

Asterisk indicates deceased member.


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