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Coastal science and societies

pod of killer whales underwater
The “in crowd” still won’t stop talking about how much stardom went to Willy’s head. Photo by Melvin Redeker/Minden Pictures

Killer Whales Are Insufferable Gossips

With new technology, scientists eavesdrop on the private conversations of these blubbery blabbermouths.

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by Amorina Kingdon

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This story was just a bit of fun for April Fool’s Day. To prevent it from inadvertently being taken seriously we have removed the text. Here are some real stories about whale culture that you might like, though:

killer whale in iceland

One Ocean, Many Killer Whale Cultures

Iceland’s killer whale society is more fluid than that of their northeast Pacific peers.


humpback whale under water

The Power of Compassion

Why humpback whales rescue seals and why volunteering for beach cleanups improves your health.


Southern resident killer whale jumping

What Happens When an Endangered Whale Pod Loses its Wise Old Grandma?

With the death of Granny, the matriarch of the northeast Pacific’s southern resident killer whales, a century’s worth of knowledge and leadership is lost as well.