Below you will find short portraits of some very charismatic orcas we see around Snæfellsnes on a regular basis. They all have their own story and personality! If you would like to find out more about a certain individual, you can donate to help Orca Guardians protect the orcas of Iceland, and you will receive an individual adoption package of your chosen orca as a thank you gift. Read about how it works and what’s included here.
Females (Matriarchs) with Calves: Roulette ♦ Aurora ♦ Snowflake ♦ Vendetta
Juveniles: Katla ♦ Rainbow
Males: Thor ♦ Captain Hook ♦ Floppy ♦ Giant
Roulette is the most-sighted female around Snæfellsnes during the wintertime. Over 40 encounters with this charismatic orca have given us plenty of special observations. In January 2016, Roulette showed up with a new calf that we named Wavewalker. Adopt Roulette to find out more about her personal story and the core group of 6 animals she spends her time with.
Aurora (SN105) – The Sociable
Aurora is another typical winter orca, roaming the shores of Snæfellsnes during the dark season of the year. She takes her group to large socializing meet ups with other orcas, and can often be found in the middle of all the action. Aurora is also a very relaxed mum, giving her youngest calf Niniti lots of space. Adopt Aurora to find out more about her personal story and the core group of 4 animals she spends her time with.
Snowflake (SN054) – The Enchanting
Snowflake is one of the most iconic female orcas of West Iceland in the wintertime, and is pictured on our Orca Guardians logo. She has a storybook-shaped fin with three nicks that make her very unique. In February 2016, Snowflake introduced us to a newborn calf which already had the character of a leader. Adopt Snowflake to find out more about her personal story and the core group of 8 individuals she belongs to.
Vendetta (SN069) – The Cosmopolite
Vendetta, who can be easily identified by the nick in her fin, is an adult female visiting our area during the wintertime. She is one of the few orcas that are known to travel all the way to Scotland (where she is called “Mousa”). Apart from her older calf Attack, she also had a newborn calf last winter! Adopt Vendetta to find out more about her personal story and the core group of 4 individuals she travels with in the North Atlantic.
Katla (SN058) – The Temperamental
Katla is THE extrovert juvenile in our population. Named after an Icelandic volcano, Katla is just as fiery! When we encounter this little orca, whose gender is yet unknown to us, we prepare for some action, as Katla is seldom out of options for shenanigans. Adopt Katla to find out more about its character and the group of 8 individuals Katla belongs to. (Note: This is the same winter core group as Snowflake.)
Rainbow (SN004) – The Colorful
This little orca has a colorful saddle patch, and some gigantic eye patches that shine from afar. Rainbow belongs to the orcas that visit our area during the summertime, and we do not know the gender of this juvenile yet. He or she seems to be more of the reserved kind, watching other juveniles play instead of interacting. Adopt Rainbow to find out about Rainbow’s personal story and the group of 3 animals belonging with him/her.
Thor (SN082) – The Godlike
Thor is a male with an unusual thin and wobbly fin that can be seen around Snæfellsnes during the winter months. His group often stays on its own. He has been recorded several times coming close to the harbour and the shore, even at low tide. Fearless! Adopt Thor to find out about his personal story and the group of 3 animals in his Godlike clan.
Captain Hook (SN021) – The Explorer
Captain Hook is a characteristic male that roams the shores of our area during the summer months. He is the only adult male in a group of many females. But he can regularly be spotted going his own ways, exploring territory and having new experiences. Adopt Captain Hook to find out about his personal story and the group of 6 animals he belongs to.
Floppy (SN090) – The Survivalist
Floppy is a unique adult male with a fin that is bent towards his right side. He appears around Snæfellsnes during winter, and does not seem to have a family group that he permanently stays with. This orca is not of the lively kind, and never seems to be in a hurry. Adopt Floppy to find out about his personal story and which groups he associates with.
Giant (SN032) – The Formidable
Giant’s extremely straight and tall fin is truly eye-catching, and can be seen from afar. He belongs to a small group of orcas that regularly mingles with other individuals and groups during summertime. Giant often gets active during socializing events, and we even observed a breach of this big male! Adopt Giant to find out about his personal story and his 3 relatives.