Subject: killer whales/feeding

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Thu, 1 May 1997 13:58:59 -0400 (EDT)

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Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 13:58:26 -0400 (EDT)
From: "w. jones" <mermaid@grove.ufl.edu>
To: PhillipK12@aol.com
Cc: pita@whale.simmons.edu, krill@whale.simmons.edu
Subject: Re: killer whales

Hello,

Killer whales or orcas are predators.  They eat fish, seals, and have been
known to attack other cetaceans much larger than themselves.  Grey whale
calves are very easy prey because they are young, small, and not as
skilled in protecting themselves as adult grey whales.  Killer whales have
sometimes been called the wolves of the sea.  A good analogy to this
situation would be the fact that wolves and lions are more likely to
attack a young animal than they are an adult animal.  Young animals are
easier prey.  

Because people have seen orcas in captivity and they seem to be very tame
and gentle, people often think that this is the same way they behave in
the ocean, their natural environment.  What people fail to remember is
that in an animal's natural environment, their first priority is
survival which
includes obtaining food.  These killer whales are simply behaving the way
killer whales naturally behave.

I hope you have a good weekend.  Thanks for your question and drop a line
if you have any others.  Take care.

W. Jones


On Mon, 28 Apr 1997 PhillipK12@aol.com wrote:

> I heard on CNN this morning about killer whales who were killing  the calves
> of grey whales.  The woman speaking said that this was new and they did not
> know why it was happening.  Do you have any ideas? 
>