posted on Dec, 5 2006 @ 05:29 AM
First off, let's clarify where the name "Killer Whale" came from. It was derived from early on as whalers witnessed "transient orcas" killing
other whales and started to call them "killer of whales". Over the years the "of" part was left out. I guess "Killer Whale" sounds more
There are three types of orcas that although look similar are actually slightly different genetically.
Resident Orcas - only eat fish
Transient Orcas - eat other marine mammals(seals,whales, dolphins,etc), sharks and water fowl
Offshore Orcas - very little known because they live offshore, but are believed to be a mix of both.
All whales in captivity around the world were removed from the resident pods of puget sound and waters of Southern British Columbia around the late
60's and early 70's. The whale in the video is a male due to the large dorsal fin, difficult to tell since it's flopped over. These whales are
very social animals that stay with their pod(which is their extended family litteraly) for their entire lives. Only leaving the pod to bread with
members from other pods. J, K, and L pod were devastated by this cultivation of animals for our entertainment as breading age males and females were
taken and dozens were drowned during the capture process. Orcas are similar to us in terms of reproductive cycle(males reach sexual maturity around
13-15 years of age and females around 12 years of age.
These animals also exhibit very high intelligence. They have a very extensive social structure and each pod has it's own language but also has a
common dialect used to communicate with the other pods. I've observed these 3 pods for 2 summers now seeing them almost everyday leaving from
Vancouver, BC. I have a tremendous respect for them and hope that the reunification process is pushed forward to see these captive creatures returned
to the waters they grew up in and to be with their families.
The pods can travel an average of 100 miles a day. So you can imagine how it feels for that whale in the video to be cooped up in that small tank.
I don't think it was an attack at all, it was a case of rough housing. Old sailor folklore is that dolphins and killer whales(same species)
following a ship was viewed as good luck.
Here's some links to web sites that give great info and some amazing stories