Orcas and humans share a lot of similarities. We're both intelligent, we have the same average lifespan, and we're both social creatures. In fact, our social lives are so similar that they're causing another similarity: cultural differences may be causing orcas to evolve into different species.
How It's Happening
Why It's Important
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Killer Whale Evolution Is Shaped By Their Culture
Hear about the study that made this startling discovery.
Watch Orcas Team Up To Attack A Seal
We weren't kidding about them knocking over ice floes.
How A Bait Ball Happens
Watch this computer simulation of how certain orca groups will catch herring.
Hear An Orca Imitate A Boat
Killer whales can make many more sounds than you probably realize.
Key Facts In This Video
Listen to an orca imitate the sounds of a boat motor: 00:03
Orcas live socially in maternal family groups. 00:40
An orphaned orca named Luna learned to imitate boats after growing up around them in Canada. 00:54
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