Mr. Mahon's Marine Science class and orca behavior

From: NAMMACETA@aol.com
Date: Sat Oct 28 2000 - 09:18:24 EDT


Question: Are orcas territorial?: Orcas like other whales are very free
ranging, but do exhibit territoriality, in that pods are often found in the
same waters frequently. West coast orca pods show great fidelity to home
waters. In this respect, they are similar to the tight social groups seen in
African elephants. When pods or herds meet up, there is often some
ritualistic greetings. There is evidence of cultural differences in orca
pods, mirroring the long-term and cohesive nature of these groups. Some
differences include: differences in vocals, differences in feeding
preference, and hunting strategies.

Take care,
Scott



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