“Researchers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans saw Sam traveling with its mother, brother, and another young sibling.”
It’s a whale of a happy ending for a family of orcas who were reunited after being apart for almost two years.
Sam is a transient killer whale who was only two years old when it was discovered alone in a small cove, separated from its pod.
Against all odds, Sam finally found its way back to its mother and siblings.
Vancouver Aquarium research biologist Carla Crossman says Sam has reintegrated with its family.
“It was more than anyone could’ve hoped for. The ultimate end goal of Sam’s story is that he or she has found its family and was back traveling with its family. It’s extremely rare.”
She adds, it was a long road for Sam to get here.
“He had been seen with different groups, and it was a sign he was eating and healthy again, so that at least was a good sign. It was interacting with other Bigg’s killer whales, but it never had been seen with its family.”
Crossman says anyone who spots killer whales should contact the BC Cetacean Sightings Network to help researchers keep track of the current population.