NIO Killer Whale ID Catalogue

The Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale ID Catalogue and sightings repository are the result of an extensive collaborative effort by the individuals and organizations that make up the Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance (NIOKWA)

 

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Identification:

This catalogue uses the tears, nicks and scars found on the dorsal fin as the primary method to identify individuals.

 

Saddle Patch Pigmentation:

The saddle patch is the grey saddle-shaped area at the base of a killer whale's dorsal fin. It is typically used as a feature for identification in the study of other killer whales, particularly in those from cold and temperate waters. However, killer whales in the tropics tend to have a saddle patch that is too faint to be a reliable feature for ID. Visibility and degree of shading does tend to vary from animal to animal and pod to pod, with some individuals having no visible patch while others’ are clear enough to see unique contrasting scars. In the cases where an individual’s saddle patch is clear enough to be used in identification, the image has been cropped to include it. 

 

Limitations of opportunistic data:

Many of the encounters with these elusive, pelagic killer whales were opportunistic. Please understand that image quality and availability varies. For this catalogue, we have used just one side of the dorsal fin that best shows the overall silhouette. The killer whales are catalogued into pods, but in some cases not all of the pod was photographed, or photographed with a quality suitable for ID. At the top of each pod listing, an approximate number of animals sighted during that encounter has been given. This is based on either details provided by the observer or the number of distinguishable individuals present in photographs and/or footage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 2018.08.17 (12:59 GMT)

NIO001 Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance
Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance

Sighting Location(s): Africa East, Eritrea

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.

 

 

All images © Chris Johnson/ WWF

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance

NIO001

NIO002

NIO003

NIO004

Pod 1. (6 individuals)

 

 

Pod 2. (approx. 8 individuals)

 

 

© Bernard Coetzee/ Seychelles Islands Foundation

NIO005

Sighting Location(s): Africa East, Seychelles

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.

 

NIO006

NIO007

NIO008

NIO009

All images © Martin Solli

Pod 3. (approx. 8 individuals)

 

 

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, India - Kerela

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.

 

Pod 3. (approx. 8 individuals)

 

 

Pod 4. (approx. 8 individuals)

 

 

NIO010

NIO011

NIO012

NIO013

NIO014

NIO015

All images © Louisa Ponnampalam/ESO

Sighting Location(s): Middle East, Oman.

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.

 

Pod 5. (2 individuals)

 

 

NIO016

NIO017

Sighting Location(s): Middle East, Oman - Muscat

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.

 

All images © Louisa Ponnampalam/ESO

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO016
Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance

NIO019

NIO018

Pod 6. (approx. 6 individuals)

 

 

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirissa

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - Pod 2

 

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO017

NIO020

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO018

NIO021

All Images © Shawn Heinrichs/ Blue Sphere Media

Pod 7. (approx. 5 individuals)

 

 

NIO022

NIO052

NIO053

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirissa

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - Pod 3

 

All images © Raja and the Whales Crew

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO021
Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO021

Pod 8. (approx. 6 individuals)

 

 

NIO023

NIO024

All images © Raja and the Whales Crew

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirissa

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - Pod 4

 

Pod 9. (3 individuals)

 

 

NIO025

NIO026

All images © Mike Greenfelder

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- offshore east coast

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - Pod 5

 

Pod 10. (2 individuals)

 

 

NIO027

NIO028

All images © Andrew Sutton

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirssa, Kalpitya, Trincomalee

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - Pod 1. These are Sri Lanka's most re-sighted individuals.

 

Pod 11. (11 individuals)

 

 

NIO029

NIO030

NIO031

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO035

NIO032

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO038

NIO033

NIO034

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO032

NIO035

NIO036

(thought to be calf to NIO035)

All images © Raja and the Whales Crew

NIO037

Sighting Location(s): Middle East, UAE - Abu Dhabi

Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirssa 

 

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - Pod 6.

 

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO026

Suspected Lone Individual

 

 

NIO038

© Madhawa Rajapakse

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirissa

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - OM002. Thought to be a lone male.

 

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO027

Suspected Lone Individual

 

 

NIO039

© Marianne Taylor

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirissa

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - OM003. Thought to be a lone male.

 

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO040
Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO040

Pod 12. (3 individuals)

 

 

NIO040

NIO041

All images© Dieter Dongphrajan/ SY Nakamal

Sighting Location(s): Asia Southeast, Myanmar

Asia Southeast, Thailand

Other Catalogues: Not at Present

 

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO039

Suspected Lone Individual

 

 

NIO042

All Images © Akshay Malavi/ Gamefishing Asia

Sighting Location(s): Asia Southeast, Andaman Is.

Other Catalogues: Not at Present Time

 

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO048
Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO047

Pod 13. (2 individuals)

 

 

NIO043

NIO044

All images © Franco Banfi 

Sighting Location(s): Asia Southeast, Indonesia -Raja Ampat.

Other Catalogues: Not at Present Time

 

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance NIO049

Pod 14. (2 individuals)

 

 

NIO045

NIO046

Sighting Location(s): Asia Southeast, Indonesia -Raja Ampat

Other Catalogues: Not at Present Time

 

All images © Muhammad Lazuardi/ Conservation International Indonesia

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance

Pod 15. (6 individuals)

 

 

NIO047

NIO048

Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance

NIO049

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Maldives.

Other Catalogues: Not at Present Time

 

All images © Robert Pitman

Suspected Lone Individual

 

 

NIO050

© Michaela Hanusova/ Whale Watching with Geeth

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirissa

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - OM009. Thought to be a lone male.

 

Suspected Lone Individual

 

 

NIO051

© Raja and the Whales Crew

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Mirissa

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - OM025. 

 

Pod 16. (20 individuals)

 

 

NIO054

NIO055

NIO058

NIO059

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka- Kalpitiya

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka - Pod 7. 

 

NIO056

NIO060

NIO057

NIO061

All images © Andrew Sutton

NIO062 Killer Whale Northern Indian Ocean Oman Arabian Sea
NIO063 Killer Whale Northern Indian Ocean Oman Arabian Sea

Pod 17. (6 individuals)

 

 

NIO062

NIO063

NIO064 Killer Whale Northern Indian Ocean Oman Arabian Sea

NIO064

NIO065 Killer Whale Northern Indian Ocean Oman Arabian Sea

NIO065

NIO066 Killer Whale Northern Indian Ocean Oman Arabian Sea

NIO066

NIO067 Killer Whale Northern Indian Ocean Oman Arabian Sea

NIO067

All images © Amy Kennedy and Darryl MacDonald

Sighting Location(s): Middle East, Oman.

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.

 

NIO068 NIO KillerWhale Orca Northern Indian Ocean Killer Whale Alliance

Pod 18. (9 individuals)

 

 

NIO068

© Rob Coverdale

Sighting Location(s): Africa East, Kenya.

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.

 

NIO69 Killer Whale Indian Ocean Alliance Orca Sri Lanka Orcinus Research Alliance NIOKWA Study Georgina Gemmell
NIO70 Killer Whale Indian Ocean Alliance Orca Sri Lanka Orcinus Research Alliance NIOKWA Study Georgina Gemmell

Pod 19. (4 individuals)

 

 

NIO069

NIO070

All Images © Raja and the Whales Crew

Sighting Location(s): Asia South, Sri Lanka.

Other Catalogues: Orca Project Sri Lanka.

 

Pod 20. (4 individuals)

 

 

killer whale NIO071 Northern Indian Ocean Alliance Orca Orcinus Research Science Study Georgina Gemmell Tim Collins Photo ID Identification Catalogue Catalog Sri Lanka Kenya Africa Tropical
killer whale NIO072 Northern Indian Ocean Alliance Orca Orcinus Research Science Study Georgina Gemmell Tim Collins Photo ID Identification Catalogue Catalog Sri Lanka Kenya Africa Tropical

NIO071

NIO072

All Images © Jodie Thomas (shared by Watamu Marine Association)

Sighting Location(s): Africa East, Kenya.

Other Catalogues: Not at present time.