T44 - Biggs Killer Whale

Cleaning Bones

Support the T44 Project

You can support the T44 articulation project by donating via Canada Helps or directly at the Whale Interpretive Centre in Telegraph Cove.  Our fundraising goal is $15,000 to articulate and display T44 with pride.  The JSKWICS is a not for profit organization and tax receipts are available.  

As a token of our appreciation of your generous donations, your name will be entered into a random draw for a handcrafted killer whale quilt.  The draw will be on September 30, 2015 or once our goals have been achieved.
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Help preserve T44

...we know very closely his birth date, approximately 1978, making him 32 years of age at his time of death.  T44 is approximately 8 metres in length and could have weighted around 7 tonnes.  We had seen him going past Telegraph Cove not too long before this and because of his stomach contents we are able to piece together some of his diet in the weeks preceding his death.  T44 was a transient / Biggs killer whale, the type that eat marine mammals exclusively!

Through DNA analysis of the different types of killer whales on the North Pacific coast, scientists have been able to determine that these 'Biggs' type of killer whales are probably removed from the fish eating resident types by approximately seven hundred thousand years.  This puts them in a position to be a new species, hence, 'Biggs type' named after the late Dr. Michael Bigg, who discovered that there was indeed a difference.  

Our goal will be to display the finished skeleton showing the over 300 seal claws and elephant seal flipper tags that were found in T44's stomach and a short biography of his life history.





Towing T44 into Telegraph Cove

Towing T44 into Telegraph Cove

April 1, 2009 Necropsy - T44

April 1, 2009 Necropsy - T44

T44 Skull ready for cleaning

T44 Skull ready for cleaning

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