We had some exciting news from our colleagues on northern Vancouver Island this weekend. Sam (T46C2), the lone juvenile killer whale freed from the bay on Aristazabal Island two and half weeks ago, was spotted again in the Broughton Archipelago!
The sighting was made by a team of colleagues from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Marine Education and Research Society, Cetus Society and Orcalab, who went searching after receiving a report from a boater.
Sam was on its own, but is in an area that its family has been seen previously at this time of year. The area abounds with harbour seal, harbour porpoise and Dall’s porpoise, which makes it a good area for Sam feeding wise (it is a transient, therefore feeds on marine mammals).
Sam is still being very evasive of boats, which is good news, and is calling quietly and intermittently, suggesting its still actively searching for itsfamily or other whales. The area Sam was seen is approximately 150 miles (as the crow flies) from the harbour it was originally located.