This is an update to our project, searching for Morgan’s family.
We found P118!
P118 was seen with group P in 2005 inside the Tysfjord and was associated to Morgan due to the large overlap of calls between her 9 distinct calls and the calls from group P. From these call matches we assumed that group P is a relative group of Morgan, maybe even her direct famliy group (report).
Lenya from Schwarz-Weisse-Giganten compared the Arctic Whale Tours webpage pictures and found a match to P118 seen on the 27.6.2012, on a closer look he might already have been presented on 22.6.2012 outside Stø! we are currently cooperating with AWT to compare the original pictures and look for more members of pod P.
We cannot conlude that the male P118 is a member of group P, he could have been only visiting the group in 2005, so we need more matches, especially from the females in the group.We are working on that currently!
If you have been on a whalesafari in Stø or anyhwere else around Lofoten and Vesteralen and have orca pictures, please help us and send them to: email@example.com
Ellyne Dudkowski from the University of Nordland in Bodø has completed her bachelor thesis 15.6.2012 with photos collected from the past years and could not find members of group P.
Investigating Specific Groups of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) Through Photo Identification in Norway
The aim of this study is to investigate specific groups of killer whales through photo identification in Norway and to locate the relatives of a wild Norwegian killer whale Morgan. New photographs of Norwegian killer whales will also be identified and added to a digital photographic identification database (Ocean Sounds database of Northern Norwegian Killer Whales, unpublished data).
Wild killer whales (Orcinus orca) are identified and sorted into photographic databases for uses of long term studies of social, acoustic, and behavioral studies. Natural markings are used to identify individuals and changes over time. The objective of this study is to investigate specific groups of killer whales through photo identification in Norway and find photographic matches to Pod P, a relative pod to Morgan, a captive wild Norwegian killer whale. 4848 photographs were collected from photographers in Lofoten, Vesterålen, Stø, Vestfjord, Andfjord, and Møre during 2003-2012 (excluding 2009). The photographs were sorted and analyzed manually using a computer and placed into the Norwegian Killer Whale Database. All Norwegian killer whales were Northeast Atlantic Type 1 fish eating ecotypes. 16 pods, 16 sightings, and 4 re-sightings of 119 individuals were observed. No matches were made to Pod P. Plausible explanations could be that Pod P was not located in the study area, missed encountering Pod P, not enough data was collected and analyzed, pod fission due to illness or death, or Pod P could have moved to a different location. Based on captive wild killer whales reports adoption of Morgan can be plausible to a not so closely related pod.
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