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L116 Finn was born in October 2010 into the tight knit L Pod family of the Southern Resident Orca Whales. The Southern Resident clan is made up of three pods; L, J and K. The L Pod is the largest of the three at approx. 33. The oldest of the clan is estimated to have been born in 1928, L125. Wow!
Finn was his Mama's (Kasatka L82, born 1990) first calf. Kasatka, Finn's Grandma (Nugget L55), Aunts (Lapis L103) (Jade L118) and Uncle (Takoda L109) provide him with lots of love and support. He also has a younger cousin to play with (Lazuli L123- calf of Lapis).
I like to imagine Finn, as shown in the tile painting, feeling safe and surrounded by love.
While reading of his sightings, I was gushing with pride at his cheeky playfulness. He was witnessed wrestling with his young pod mates (2012) and was seen doing his inverted tail slaps and breeching over and over again (2013). His spinning spy hop was unforgettable for one witness.
His most recent sighting was Jan 2020, where he was spotted off Race Rocks doing dives of approx 5 minutes with his group. Close by was his Mama Kasatka and Uncle Takoda. Orcas have been known to dive down to 800 ft in the Salish Sea. Holy Orca that's deep!
Live long and strong Finn.
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