Orca Spotted Hanging Out And Traveling With A Pod Of Dolphins
The reason why may surprise you!
A group of people were out on a boat together off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, when they suddenly spotted something none of them had ever seen before.
A pod of dolphins and a lone orca were all traveling along together.
The contrast of the huge orca hanging out in the middle of a pod of dolphins was indeed a beautiful sight, and everyone aboard the boat felt incredibly lucky to have accidentally happened upon the unlikely friends. This occurrence wasn’t just a fluke, though. There’s actually a reason the dolphins were traveling alongside the orca, and it probably isn’t what you’d think.
There are a few different types of orcas, including resident and transient orcas. While transient orcas feed on other marine mammals, resident orcas eat only fish. The dolphins swimming alongside the boat knew that the orca was a resident orca — and therefore completely safe to travel with.
“Other marine mammal species appear to know the difference between fish-eating (resident) and mammal-eating (transient) orcas,” Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist at the Animal Welfare Institute, told The Dodo. “Researchers can tell the difference, so certainly it makes sense that potential prey can too. I’ve seen this before — white-sided dolphins treat large male fish-eating orcas the same as they would a boat — they ride his ‘bow.’”
Just like dolphins often ride in the wake of a boat, they were apparently using this orca to carry them along — and it’s possible he may not have been too pleased by it.
It seems that what the boatload of people were actually witnessing was a bunch of unwanted hitchhikers whom the majestic orca just had to put up with for a while — but, of course, it was absolutely beautiful all the same.