In a stroke of good luck, a group of Canadian beachgoers has caught on camera orcas exhibiting rare beach-rubbing behavior, which still eludes scientists.
This new year has started off pretty good for conservationists and killer whales alike, after a pod of endangered orcas off the coast of Washington State welcomed its first newborn in more than two years. The baby whale is thought to have been born right around the wrap-up of December, and has since been identified as a hale and hearty female calf.
Apparently whales now think they're dolphins. New research demonstrates vocal learning in killer whales, which have used the talent to copy noises of bottlenose dolphins and apply them in appropriate social contexts.
There are only 78 killer whales left in Puget Sound, and their numbers continue to decline.