|Photo: J. Ford|
This catalogue is a collection of identification photographs of humpback whales seen in British Columbian waters from 1989 to 2007. The majority of the data were collected by the Cetacean Research Program at the Pacific Biological Station, as part of its assessments of the conservation status of cetacean species-at-risk. Most photographs and data were collected in known areas of concentration along the coast of British Columbia, including Langara Island, southeast Moresby Island, the northern mainland, and southwest Vancouver Island.
Each individual humpback is given a unique alphanumeric identifier.
Each identifier starts with BC to indicate that the animal was seen in
British Columbian waters. Following the BC is an X, Y or Z,
corresponding to the amount of white on the flukes and a number to
identify the individual. BCX## contain approximately 0-20% white, BCY##
have approximately 20-80% white and BCZ## have approximately 80-100%
white. The catalogue is generally arranged in order of increasing white
pigmentation. BCX flukes are further arranged into groups of similar
appearance, and thus may not be in order of increasing white
For further information on the humpback whales in this catalogue, contact the Cetacean Research Program at the Pacific Biological Station.
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