K40 “Raggedy”, est.1963-2012.
K40 “Raggedy”’s matriline is a quite confusing because the relationship between the orcas is unclear, since most of them were born before the orca survey first began in the 1976. In Raggedy’s matriline were a female K18 “ Kiska” (est.1948-2004), a male K17 “Pacheena” (est.1966-1994) and Kiska’s two calves K46 (est. 1974-1981) whos gender is unknown and K21 “Cappuccino” (b. 1986) who is a male.
Raggedy’s mother could have been Kiska, making Pacheena, K46 and Cappuccino Raggedy’s siblings. But it is also possible that Raggedy was Kiska’s mother instead, what would mean that Pacheena, K46 and Cappuccino were her grandchildren. However, Pacheena was also spent a lot of time with Raggedy which could mean that he was her son. The only thing we know for sure about this matriline is that K46 and Cappucino are Kiska’s offspring. Unfortunatly, because every orca exept Cappuccino has passed away, genetic testing can never confirm the relationship between the whales.
Another thing about Raggedy and her family is that they were thought to be member of L Pod back when the orca surveys started in 1976. Their original alpha-numeric designations were L40, L18, L17 and L46. Between 1977 and 1981 they began to spend more time with K pod and after 1981 they were almost always seen with K pod. Around 1985 they were all reassigned to K pod. To avoid confusion they never named another orca L40 or L46.
Despite being estimated to be 13 years old when the orca surveys started, Raggedy has never been seen with a calf of her own. Female orcas typically give birth to their first calf at the age of 12-15 and continue to give birth every 3-5 years untill they are about 40 years old.
Raggedy was almost always seen with his presumed brother Cappuccino and the two of them were pretty much inseperable. They were also often seen traveling with two other members of K pod, K16 “Opus” and her son K35 “Sonata”.
In the summer of 2012, between the end of July and the beginning of August, Raggedy went missing and was presumed deceased at an estimated age of 49.
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Calling all outlander fans! I repeat calling all outlander fans! Keep reading for some fun facts on why Midhope Castle is one of my favourite castles- yes I’m aware it’s not technically a castle but it’s name suggests otherwise so it counts right?
Now this one really should have been in my top 10 castles! If you’re an outlander fan like I am you’ll know it as Lallybroch or Broch Tuarach, it’s real name of course is Midhope Castle.
Midhope features as Lallybroch in season 1 and 2 of Outlander - were yet to find out about season 4, 5 and 6. If you didn’t already know season 4-6 has been confirmed and I don’t know about you but I cannot wait! I’m filling the void with Poldark at the moment, although it’s not quite the same but it’s just as exciting!
Tourism has boomed for Midhope since being a main feature in Outlander, as is the case with many places that feature in the programme - even if they don’t exist in real life, yes I’m talking about you Craigh Na Dun 🙊😂 Midhope Castle is a 16th century tower house located just outside of Edinburgh. It was owned by the Martin family in 1478 and there was once a castle here. In 1851 Midhope Castle was used to house some of the farm workers after Hopetoun House was built on the estate. The property is now derelict.
For the filming of Outlander the external of the building was used and any scenes inside Lallybroch were filmed at a different location.
Every time I look at that archway I see the scene of Jamie Fraser’s lashing, maybe that’s the reason I love Outlander so much. It was such an eye opener to a life and period of history that I had no idea about, but the love story that accompanies all of that warms my heart.
And I’m a sucker for a happy ending 🏰😂 📷 are not my own and came from Wikimedia