The L54 matriline is made up of matriarch Ino L54, her young offspring Indigo L100, Coho L108, and Keta L117, and two unrelated adult males named Nyssa L84 and Wave Walker L88, who Ino has taken into her matriline after they became the last members of their own families.
Some observations of this season:
- Multiple times, the only Southern Resident orcas in the area were the three members of the L22 matriline, something that has never happened before.
- The orcas came back later into the season than usual, (has been a trend for a few years now) and all three pods have been pretty scarce.
- The most residential pod, J pod, was last in the area on 7/12/13, before then 6/9/13. Usually around this time this pod would be here nearly every day.
- K pod spent less than 7 days here this entire season.
Over the next few years, will we continue to see a trend of the Southern Resident orcas arriving later and later into the year until they pop in maybe once or twice a year, maybe even never? Instead of waiting to see if this happens, let's make sure it doesn't.