I think Oskar may actually be L1 from my research. He was last seen in 2000 at age 41 and has one surviving sister Ino or L-54. He and his close knit sibling were survivors of the Puget Sound orca capture where 35 orcas were caught and sent to marine parks around the world. Orcas, much like humans have tight family relationships and are incredibly social. I think that’s what we can all relate to with these gentle giants. It’s devastating that these family units are getting wiped out due to overfishing, boating and pollution. Orcas a huge part of our west coast identity and I think it’s important to acknowledge that their decreasing population has been caused widely by man-made problems. I hope that with continued conversation and education about these incredible creatures we can spread the word and better protect them. In honour of Oskar I’ll be symbolically adopting his sister Ino through Whale Museum to support ongoing education, research and publish outreach on behalf of the Southern Resident Community of killer whales.
Citizen Scientist: Kelsey Davidson