Transient Killer Whale Research

Orcas are found in all oceans worldwide. In every ecosystem they act not only as top predators, but as keystone species that can signal trouble within the ecological community.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most popular places to view and study wild killer whales. Three ecotypes reside in the Salish Sea,  resident, transient, and offshore orca. They do not associate, and no interbreeding occurs between these populations. They also exhibit different foraging habits and social structure.

I am an independent researcher/student working out of Victoria, BC, trying to understand the behaviour and ecology of transient mammal hunting killer whales. These orca prey upon seals, sea lions, porpoise, and even larger whales. With a mojority of the research focus being on resident orca, I hope to discover more on the ecology  of these mammal hunters. 

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Josh McInnes 
Oak Bay North, BC
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