Subject: Killer whale reproduction

S. Jones (
Tue, 4 Aug 1998 09:30:32 -0700 (PDT)

On Fri, 31 Jul 1998 wrote:

> Hi Mrs. Jones,
>       Hi my name is Tammy and I love whales. My favorite is the narwal, but I
> would love to work with orcas. My question is Are orcas monoganistic? Well I'm
> not exzactly sure how you spell it but do they stay with one mate all their
> lives?

Dear Tammy,

Orcas, like most other pelagic dolphins, do not stay with one mate their
entire lives.  They are polygynous, not monogamous.  This means that one
male mates with many females during a breeding season.

Take care,