Subject: Do whales bigger than orcas live in pods?

Tokitae (
Tue, 13 Jan 1998 22:27:34 -0500 (EST)

My name is Brad and I'm in 4th grade.  We are studying whales.  I am trying
to find out if whales that are bigger than orcas live in pods.  If you know
the answer and can e-mail me, I would appreciate it.



Hello Brad. Good question. The word 'pod' is not a precise scientific term.
There are a few other species that travel in groups similar to orcas, such
as Risso's dolphins, false killer whales and pilot whales, but they are
smaller than orcas. Almost all the bigger whales are mysticetes (baleen
whales), which have social organizations completely unlike pods. The species
of bigger whales with groupings most like pods are the sperm whales, which
have groups composed of females and their young, along with a few males from
time to time. These are different, but they could be called pods. Bottlenose
whales are also larger than orcas, and their groups could also be called pods.

Howard Garrett
PAWS Lolita Campaign Coordinator