Subject: Killer whale behavior

Martine Berube (
Wed, 20 May 1998 15:57:41 +0200 (MET DST)

Here are four behaviours that are commonly observed in killer whales:

Spyhopping -This involves the orca accomplishing a tailstand and bringing
its head out of the water, allowing for a 360 degree view of its surroundings.
Breaching- This is where the killer whale completely leaps out of the water
and lands with an emense explosion as it hits the surface.
Lobtailing- An interesting display, showing that the orca interprets
something nearby as a possible threat.
Slapping- This involves the orca slapping its flippers against the surface
of the water. The behavior could be used for gathering fish, making for an
easy prey gatherup. 


At 11.32 AM 19-05-1998 -0700, you wrote:
>what behavior is the killer whales known for.
Martine Berube
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