FOLLOW THE POD

IN CENTENNIAL SQUARE 

WildVision Edutainment Inc is proud to introduce Follow The Pod to the City of Victoria. Follow The Pod brings whale-sized replica play-pieces to Centennial Square, showcasing members of the locally endangered Southern and Northern Resident Killer Whale populations.

The designs of each life-sized model are based on real-life members of the Southern and Northern Resident Killer Whale populations. Follow The Pod honours the memory of deceased Southern Residents, as well as celebrates the lives of those who continue to prevail, despite constant threats to their survival.

 

With only 76 members left alive, Southern Residents will only get the protection they need if all Canadians work together to raise awareness and reduce threats. Follow The Pod brings to light the importance of conservation through the power of edutainment.

Ruffles (J1)

Photo by Miles Ritter

Perhaps the most famous orca in the Salish Sea, Ruffles was named for the unique “waviness” of his dorsal fin, which measured nearly six feet in height! Ruffles could often be seen swimming right by Granny’s (J2) side. Ruffles was the father of many of the Southern Resident orcas that live in the waters off Vancouver Island today, and some of his sons share his recognizable wavy dorsal fin.

Granny (J2)

Photo by Center for Whale Research

At an estimated 105 years old, Granny was the oldest known orca in the world when she passed away in October 2016. As the matriarch of the Salish Sea, she lived to see the birth of every single Southern Resident orca alive today! Granny held the greatest knowledge of family history and secret feeding spots, and could be recognized by a half moon-shaped nick in the trailing edge of her dorsal fin.

Springer (A73) and Spirit (A104)

Photo by Christie McMillan

In 2002, Springer, a member of the Northern Resident Killer Whale Population was found alone and in poor health in the waters near Seattle, far from her home waters off Northern Vancouver Island. She was nursed back to health and was successfully reunited with her pod later that year, making her the first orca to be rescued, rehabilitated, and released back into the wild. Springer and her family can often be spotted swimming in the Johnstone Straight. Her first calf, Spirit, was born in 2013 and she gave birth to a second calf in early July 2017.

Luna/Tsux'iit (L98)

Photo by Michael Parfit

Luna/Tsux’iit was separated from his pod at an early age, and lived for five years as a solitary resident near Gold River in Nootka Sound. Southern Resident orcas are highly social, and without his pod Luna formed a special bond with local people and boats. He was known for being playful, curious and persistent, and liked to rub up against the hulls of boats as he would a fellow orca. Luna was killed in 2006 when he was accidentally hit by the propeller of an ocean tugboat.

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