Pacific Northwest cetacean vessel strike or collision history
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YearDateTime (PST)SpeciesIDLocationFate of animalType of vessel or propeller?NotesSource(s)LinksQuestions
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1969Killer whale (NR)A1 "Stubbs"Serious injury (to dorsal fin)ship?Helena email: "A1’s dorsal was severely damaged but healed by the time of the first studies. There were probably no recreational boats prior to 1970 so most likely a large boat." Ford+2000 sidebar (p. 66): "all that remained of her dorsal fin was a ragged stump about half the normal height (see photo, p. 42)."Helena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV; 2nd edition of Ford+2000 "Killer Whales" book.Why is stump "ragged?"
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1969Killer whale (NR)A9 (Matriarch of A5 pod)Serious injury (to dorsal ridge)ship?Helena email: "A9’s dorsal was severely damaged but healed by the time of the first studies. There were probably no recreational boats prior to 1970 so most likely a large boat." Ford+2000 sidebar (p. 66): "...major pieces of flesh missing from her dorsal ridge between her dorsal fin and tail flukes. Although healed, the wounds extended to the backbone in several places."Helena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV
Is there a photo of the damaged ridge that would indicate propeller rpm and vessel speed?
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1969Killer whale (NR)A23 (A9's group)ScarsA23 had scars, cause unknownHelena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV
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1969Killer whale (NR)A25 (A9's group)Mishaped dorsal?A25 had an unusually shaped dorsal fin that never grew properly, cause unknownHelena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV
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1969Killer whale (NR)A60 (A9's group)Flank lacerations, survivedlarge propellerA60 suffered a wound across his flank, the deep marks of a large propeller imbedded, he survivedHelena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV
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1969Killer whale (NR)A95 (A9's group)Flank lacerations, survivedlarge propellerA95 likewise had an almost identical deep wound [to A60's] where the propeller marks were visible but also survivedHelena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV
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197326 Dec 197315:45Killer whale (NR)A21 (~6-year old "calf" in A9's group, a5 pod)FatalHelena email: "A21, in 1973, was hit by the M/V Comox (ferry) and did not survive. There is a witnessed account in the UBC Press publication of the first ID book." Ford+2000 p.55 shows A21 as born 1967, died 1973 (age ~6)Helena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV
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1980Ford+2000 Killer Whales book, p.66: "Serious injuries from collisions with vessels are probably rare events, as none have been observed among the known whales in British Columbia and Washington during the past 20 years (~1980-2000?)Why would there be a 20-year hiatus in KW strikes?
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1995Killer whale (NR)UNKBritish ColumbiaNon-fatal injuryWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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1998Killer whale (SR)UNKHaro Strait, BCNon-fatal strikeWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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1999Fin whaleUNKBritish Columbia (BC)FatalWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2000Ford+2000 Killer Whales book, p.66: "Serious injuries from collisions with vessels are probably rare events, as none have been observed among the known whales in British Columbia and Washington during the past 20 years (~1980-2000?)Why would there be a 20-year hiatus in KW strikes?
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2002Fin whaleUNKPuget Sound Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2002Fin whaleUNKPuget Sound Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2002Fin whaleUNKPuget Sound Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2002Fin whaleUNKPuget Sound Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2004Fin whaleUNKWest coast Vancouver Island (WCVI), BCFatalWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2004Humpback whaleUNKWest coast WAFatalWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2005Killer whale (NR)A60Johnstone StraitWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2005Killer whale (SR)UNKHaro Strait, BCNon-fatal strikeWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Fin whaleUNKNorthwest inland waters, WAFatalWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Fin whaleUNKPuget Sound Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Humpback whaleUNKKnight Inlet Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Humpback whaleUNKSwiftsure Bank (WCVI)Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Humpback whaleBCX0022calf Johnstone StraitWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Humpback whaleBCY0177Johnstone Strait Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Killer whale (NR)A82Campbell RiverWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Killer whale (NR)C21Prince RupertNot a strike?Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Killer whale (NR)C21Prince RupertBlunt force traumaJared: "C21 died of blunt force trauma which could be a ship or possibly another whale"Jared Towers, pers. comm., 2019
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2006Killer whale (NR)A59Campbell RiverWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Killer whale (NR)G39Johnstone StraitNot a strike?Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2006Killer whale (NR)G39Johnstone StraitJared: "no evidence I'm aware of that G39 was hit by a boat, although he does appear to have been bitten on the dorsal fin by another orca"Jared Towers, pers. comm., 2019
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2006Killer whale (SR)L98Nootka Sound (WCVI, BC)FatalWilliams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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UNKJohnstone Strait, BCSerious injury (dorsal fin cut off)Williams and O'Hara, 2010https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_OHara3/publication/228404716_Modelling_ship_strike_risk_to_fin_humpback_and_killer_whales_in_British_Columbia_Canada/links/58013ba608ae310e0d98ae3e/Modelling-ship-strike-risk-to-fin-humpback-and-killer-whales-in-British-Columbia-Canada.pdf
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2018Killer whale (NR)A109 (A9's group)Cut to bone behind dorsalA109 in 2018 showed up with a deep cut (to the bone) just behind the dorsal fin, still alive early 2019.Helena Symonds, 05 Feb 2019 email to SV
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2019Humpback whalejuvenile?Seattle, WAWA State FerryDid fwd prop hit, or aft, or both?Seattle mediahttps://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/whale-ferry-collision-in-seattles-elliott-bay-a-byproduct-of-humpback-revival-and-could-become-more-common/
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