Southern Resident Killer Whale J26 Mike Photograph by David Howitt

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Southern Resident Killer Whale J26 Mike

David Howitt

United States


Size: 24 W x 16 H x 0.1 in

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J 26 Mike, male orca born 1991 to J16 Slick. Named after Dr. Miichael Bigg, a Canadian Marine Biologist and pioneer of killer whale research. Michael Bigg issued 15,000 questionnaires to boaters, fishermen, lighthouse keepers asking them to record killer whale sightings on July 27 1971. This census revealed a far lower population than was expected. Sixty seven whales were removed from the wild between 1962 and 1973 and sold for display in captivity. Michael Biggs census contributed to stopping further captures. Dr. Biggs following surveys began the work of photo identification on recognizing unique differences in dorsal fins and saddle patches. Thus began the study of individual whales, their traveling patterns and social relationships.