A73 (Springer) and A71

On July 10th the A11s and the A24s came pretty close of Cracroft shore. It was great to see Springer again (frontground), who got bigger

 

Springer story:

Springer was a 2 years old female when she was found in January 2002 travelling by herself in the South area of Vancouver I. Thanks to the dialect she was already "speaking" very well, scientists (Helena Symonds at Orcalab) figured out to which pod she belonged to, the A4s from the Northern Residents. It turned out she had just lost her mother A45 and left her matriline (the A24s) for not very clear reasons yet. She hadn't a normal behaviour, she was looking for any kind of contact like floating logs or even boats and some aquarium started to be interested in getting her. It has finally been decided to bring her back to the North, in the western part of Johnstone strait, where the chances for her to go back with her familly ,that is often found in this area during summer ,were the best. She arrived there on July 13th and after a very intense night ( Springer exchanged calls with the A12s and the A35s that were passing by not so far from her) she was realeased on July 14th when the same groups (A12s, A35s) went beside her net, floating quietly in very shallow waters. The days following her release, many things happened. She was seen travelling with different groups (the A12s, A36s, with A51/A61), and sometimes by herself again which made people doubting about the chances of this operation to succeed.

But, on August 25th 2002, It was confirmed by Graeme Ellis that Springer was definitely travelling with the A11s which is a A4 pod's matriline led by A24's possible sister,A11. That was such a great news and a huge relief..

Since then, Springer has stayed with this group and it's with tears in our eyes that we see her evolving years after years in what is now her real life..

It was the first time such an operation was attempted, and it greatly succeeded, which proves that the release of an orca, whose we know which group it belongs to, is possible.. and there are several captive orcas that we know to which group they belong to..

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Taken on July 10, 2006