Orcinus Orca - The Killer Whale
“Orcas certainly exhibit plenty of parallels to humans. We know that killer whales (those in captivity, as well as those in the wild) have massive brains with extraordinarily keen intelligence that they display in many of their interactions with us. We also know that they engage in complex communications with each other in the calls, whistles, and clicks that they use when in proximity to each other in the wild and possibly in their echolocation signals, which enable them to see great distances underwater.
There are other, deeper similarities: Orcas are highly social animals and generally live in tight-knit families. They live about as long as humans (the females are known to live well into their eighties, while the males generally live into their fifties). They display ritual behavior, including “greeting ceremonies” that occur when large resident pods encounter each other after long seasons of hunting in separate waters. Food-sharing behavior is common.”
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