Transient Book

Transient Book

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Information About The Book

Updated February, 2015

The main focus is on Transient orcas seen here since 2008.
The first year the book had about 85 transients.  It is now more than 170. The specific individuals are not necessarily seen in the Salish Sea every year.  Some are more regular to this area than others.

Included in the book: The Southern Resident Community orcas
All the whales of J, K and L pods featured in family groupings, with information about specific identification clues regarding individuals.

Printed both sides and inserted in clear side-loaded sleeves.

Sample of the J11s
Transient pages
Those I have 'met' in the waters of the Salish Sea since 2008. 

Right and left sides.
In side-loaded sleeves. Side-loaded sleeves allows for the ability to keep the Ts in numerical order as additional Ts are encountered.

There are now more than 170 individuals included in The Book. 

Note: The Book comes in a binder and includes some comparison pages - Southern Residents to Transients, and other interesting pages that compliment the whales.

Each new book sold is current in the year it is sold.  Updated pages can then be added each year.*

U.S. $125 + tax 10.00 + $15 shipping costs = $150.00 (2015)

Canada $125 + 28 shipping costs = $153  (2015) 

(US funds) 

How to purchase:

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Let me know what you want.
I'll create and send you a Paypal invoice.


mail check to:
Jeanne Hyde
PO Box 862
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

*Early each year, where beneficial (i.e. new nicks, scratches, size changes, baby pictures, etc), pages will be updated, and made available via pdf emailed to you at no cost (you'll do the printing), only for those who have previously purchased The Book, so you don't have to buy the whole thing again  I'll do this for as long as I can.  That will keep your book updated as closely as possible.

As the person who encouraged me to make this book available to others said, "It's a work in progress."
It has to be, as the whales are ever changing.

Please note:  
The inside cover of the book gives acknowledgements.  
Here's what it says:

Images of all the Southern Resident Community killer whales J, K, and L pods and images of the Transient killer whales that I have seen in the Salish Sea starting in 2008, is a continuing work in progress.

There is no way I could ever repay Captain Jim Maya of Maya's Westside Charters or Captain Ivan Reiff, Western Prince and Western Explorer for my being able to pursue my passion beyond the shore line.  Without them it would not have been possible.

It would also not have been possible to identify the individual whales seen without the photo identification charts from the long term studies of the:

Center for Whale Research
San Juan Island, WA
Ken Balcomb and Dave Ellifrit
Official Orca Survey ID charts 


Pacific Biological Station
Nanimo, B.C.
Graeme Ellis, Jared Towers, and John Ford
Transient Killer Whales of B.C. and Southeast Alaska ID charts


Simon Pidcock of Ocean EcoVentures, Cowichan Bay, B.C.,
Mark Malleson and Ron Bates,
for their ID help

Thanks for your interest!...and maybe even your purchase!

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