Southern resident orca, L41, is considered missing according to a statement from the Centre for Whale Research after multiple members of the L-Pod were spotted on Friday.
“Given that he looked a little thin in our January 2019 encounter, we fear he may be gone,” reads the statement.
During the encounter, which lasted about 90 minutes, a group of about 10 whales were spotted in Haro Strait.
“The whales were a bit uncooperative at the beginning of the encounter and had lengthy long dives but got friendlier as the encounter went on.” Orca L41 was not present for the entire encounter.
The Centre for Whale Research’s last record of L41 was in August 2019 when he was photographed with other Southern Residents in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A calf from last year, named L124, was spotted and looked good, noted the statement.
If L41 is confirmed dead that would bring the total number of southern resident killer whales to 72.