Earlier this summer, we reported the story of Sam (T46C2), a four year old Bigg’s (transient) killer whale that was rescued after it was found alone and seemingly trapped in a bay on the central coast of British Columbia. You can read Sam’s whole story here. After being helped out of the bay in mid- August, Sam headed out to sea and was then spotted several weeks later in Knight Inlet (more here). Sam was still alone, but in an area with a better likelihood of encountering prey and other Bigg’s killer whales.
This week, the Sam story continues! We are happy to report that the little whale was spotted yet again. This time, thanks to our colleagues at DFO, we know that Sam was seen travelling in Knight Inlet with the T123 family! Sam also appears to be in better health and condition, which hopefully is a sign of successful foraging. While the T123s were spotted several days later without Sam, we are still encouraged to hear he/she has been integrating with others in the area.
If you spot a killer whale, or any other dolphin, porpoise or whale, please report it here.