L68, who had the adoption name Elwha, was a young male from the L pod family. The killer whales of L pod are a major part of the southern
resident orca community, whose about 80 members live in the coastal waters of Washington State.
Elwha was one of my favourite orcas. I got to know him in the year 1992 when he breached right in front of
our research vessel and showed his gender markings. By that we could identify him
as a little male. Unfortunately he wasn't able to stay with us long enough to become a mature bull.
He could have lived well into his fifties like his late big cousin, J1.