See First Ever Video of an Orca Mother and Son Killing a Calf
A pod of orcas was recently spotted exhibiting behavior that reads like a Greek tragedy.
Off the coast of Vancouver Island on Canada's west coast, a 28-year-old female killer whale was swimming with her calf. The younger orca was small, its dorsal fin not yet fully erect, meaning it was likely only a day old. The 28-year-old was traveling with two other daughters, five and eight.
Nearby, a 32-year-old male was steadily heading toward the group with his own 46-year-old mother.
Also nearby—a group of scientists were observing the interaction. A nearby research station named OrcaLab had picked up strange calls with an underwater microphone, and a trio of scientists went out to investigate.
The scientists noticed sudden and