Category: a whale of a queue



“All things are connected. People are connected, too.” – Chief Seattle

With the passing of J50 “Scarlet”, only 74 southern resident orcas remain. 74. This is what extinction looks like. In order for these orcas to survive their food source, chinook salmon, must be replenished by breaching the 4 lower snake river dams. It is our only hope, and Scarlet’s death must not be in vain. There has not been a surviving calf in 4 years and without our help and our combined voices the Southern Resident killer whale population faces sure extinction. Please consider calling Gov. Inslee to encourage the dams be breached in 2018. (360)-902-4111

whaletalesorg: Cape Leeuwin Competition Pod. …


Cape Leeuwin Competition Pod. To read this story (and more!), follow the link in our bio.⠀
Photo by @whale_watch_western_australia⠀
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missmariemariana: Harbour Porpoises


Harbour Porpoises

taslishaw: T099 and her youngest child T099D….


T099 and her youngest child T099D.
This happened after the T099s met up with T124D and her family with T124A1.
It was fascinating to watch the whales apparently realize that they were only a few miles apart, then make a beeline straight for one another, and when they were close, each family lined up, facing each other. This lasted just a few seconds, then they collided into a jumble of interaction, with spyhop after spyhop.
So many questions to be asked, so many unknowns.

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J50 Scarlet Charity Sticker

J50 Scarlet Charity Sticker:


My charity sticker featuring J50 Scarlet is now available on my Etsy store! All net proceeds will be donated to The Center for Whale Research.

tepiddreamer: As most of us are just learning …


As most of us are just learning that J50 may have succumbed to a long drawn out starvation, it is now that in her death that the most action must be taken. We cannot let the SRKWs fade away, in the last 2 months the ailing group of orcas has been receiving more news attention than ever, but we cannot let that attention waiver.

Breach the Snake Dams
Restore the Chinook Salmon population
Save the SRKW

I don’t care what side you are on, no one is throwing money or leaning on politics to capture these whales. We know what must be done, now it is just finding the right leverage to make the proper decisions. They will stay right where they are, but will continue to die off if something isn’t done now. These whales do no have tomorrow, 74 individuals will be extinct before we know it.



J50 Scarlet was announced gone by the CWR
I really don’t have words for the whole situation anymore and I don’t know what to feel. These whales are starving to death and it’s not like we can’t do anything about this. We can breach the dams. We can reduce noise pollution. But the wild mass of people is filled with general apathy and if that doesn’t change, if we don’t get up and do what we have to do, those whales will go extinct far too soon. 
I drew this piece of J50 Scarlet and her mom J16 Slick for @derangedhyena-delphinidae‘s SRKW zine “Those Who Remain” back in December. Scarlet was a small beacon of hope when she was born in late 2014 into this ailing community. I can just hope that she will be the last SRKW to die of preventable causes. 

socialfoto: Mom and calf Amazing encounter la…


Mom and calf Amazing encounter last week on my underwater photo workshop in Tonga! Mom and calf performing for the camera! by photographybyleighton

whaletalesorg: We are incredibly lucky to hav…


We are incredibly lucky to have some amazing regular contributors to the Whale Tales library and these storytellers have their own category on our website! Follow your favourite Storyteller by searching categories on the left side of our site. ⠀
Photo: J19 “Shachi” by @gary_j27⠀
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orcacharm: J18 Everett


J18 Everett

J18 was the first calf and only son of J10 Tahoma. He was born in 1977 and was very close to his mother and grandmother J9 Neah. Over the years, J18 gained two younger sister. The first was J20 Ewok who was born in 1981 and his youngest sister, J22 Oreo, was born in 1985. The same year J22 was born, his grandmother J9 disappeared.

The J10′s were a very tight knit pod and could almost always be seen together. J18 became an uncle for the first time in 1996 when J20 gave birth to a female calf: J32 Rhapsody. He was very caring towards the new calf in the pod and often “babysat” her while his sister hunted down salmon. He became an uncle again in 1998 when his youngest sister gave birth to a son, J34 Doublestuf, who bore a striking resemblance to J18. 

The same year that his nephew was born, his sister J20 Ewok disappeared. J18 was quick to adopt her daughter while his youngest sister was busy with her newborn calf. They were almost inseparable with one was rarely seen without the other swimming by their side.  

In late 1999, his mother J10 Tahoma disappeared. Not long after, he himself passed away at the age of 22 and washed ashore in Tsawassen, Canada leaving his 14 year old sister to care for two young calves by herself. A necropsy revealed that an infected cut caused blood poisoning. Not only that but he had an extremely high level of toxins in his body as well as a nonexistent sperm count. This led researchers to ponder about the effect that pollution was having on the genetic diversity among the SRKW population. 

Today, only two members of his pod are still alive: his youngest sister J22 Oreo and her son J38 Cookie. The young niece and nephew that he helped raise passed away in 2014 and 2016 respectively.