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The Insane Biology of: The Orca

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  • @earthjustice01
    @earthjustice01 8 місяців тому +5198

    I once paddled alone by a pod of transient orcas. A big male split off from the pod and swam up to me. He seemed to be looking me over. It was uncanny and very scary. After what seemed like a very long "minute" he turned and splashed me, and his aim was perfect, the jet of water hit me directly in my face. I got the distinct impression that he wanted me to leave the area. (I was told later by a Haida watchman that they were hunting seals.) I had to laugh, after I got splashed, I was so relieved that he just saw fit to splash me rather than something much worse. I really could tell by his body movements that he was not being friendly. That was the only time I've ever been in the power of a creature that could have eaten me for lunch, and he decided to warn me rather than harm me. It was an experience I will never forget.

    • @hamalpov1820
      @hamalpov1820 8 місяців тому +613

      I think it speaks to their intelligence that they have never been recorded in eating humans. This story is fascinating to me because he could have easily eaten you, but instead out of some strange perhaps respect or reverence for its long distant cousins decides to tell you to get out of the way/stop scaring the food. It’s a nice idea to entertain they have some very basic level of folklore/story telling they pass down. Probably deriving from a don’t eat this don’t eat that sort of perspective. A question also, did it look you in the eyes?

    • @earthjustice01
      @earthjustice01 8 місяців тому +509

      @@hamalpov1820 It really felt like he was looking me in the eye, because he stopped about twelve feet in front of me and was facing me for what seemed like a very long minute. He might have been using echo-location, but I couldn't hear anything, the silence seemed to make it worse, it was like he was coming to a decision. They are very intelligent. Sometimes I think they have come to an agreement not to harm humans because they know they would be persecuted if they did. Seventy years ago, it wasn't so rare that people would shoot them for fun! But there are cases of Orca ramming and sinking sailboats.

    • @funfairordnance
      @funfairordnance 8 місяців тому +272

      “Ey! Our seals… go away >:T”

    • @earthjustice01
      @earthjustice01 8 місяців тому +47

      @@funfairordnance Exactly!

    • @dolekanteel2178
      @dolekanteel2178 8 місяців тому +187

      @@earthjustice01 What's interesting to me is that unlike humans they never seem to act on impulse, you said that long ago humans used to shoot them for fun; while Orcas seem to have made up their minds to not attack humans and they mostly don't violate that decision (neither young or adult), even though they're known to be curious and playful.

  • @kennikitty
    @kennikitty 8 місяців тому +529

    Think about it... the animal we call "killer", the apex predator of the sea that even goes after sharks and whales, the predator so intelligent it develops shockingly scary and precice hunting techniques is the one animal that might be closer to us in intelligence and emotional development than any other. Says a lot about us, doesn't it?
    No wonder they literally go insane in captivity. They're bored to death.

    • @SadisticSenpai61
      @SadisticSenpai61 4 місяці тому +57

      Living in groups puts a lot of pressure on developing social skills. Add in group hunting and the hunters need a way to communicate and coordinate. That's going to put a lot of pressure on intelligence, being able to predict prey movements, and adapt to situations as they unfold. There's a reason many hypothesis regarding the development of human intelligence include group hunting strategies.
      As for going insane in captivity? They're a highly social species with a huge range of territory. Try putting 1-2 humans in a tiny room for a few years and see how sane they are by the end of it? Like Orcas, we're a highly social species. There's a reason solitary confinement is literally torture for us. It's no different for Orcas.

    • @lalehiandeity1649
      @lalehiandeity1649 3 місяці тому +2

      Dare we say, they’re sapient.

    • @inquisitorwalmarius6650
      @inquisitorwalmarius6650 Місяць тому +1

      @@lalehiandeity1649 if they arents then they are but a half step away. dolphins have been spotted doing drugs and playing with animals like they where toys, even killing for fun. crows and ravens remember peoples faces for most if not all of their lives and most cephalopods (hopefully i didnt butcher it) have sophisticated problem solving skills and fantastic longterm memory. nature is full of species that can earn the title of sapient.

    • @wolfy5svn945
      @wolfy5svn945 23 дні тому +2

      This is...close. putting orcas in captivity is like putting humans in jail 😊 intellectual creatures being forced to pace around tiny living quarters, being fed on a schedule, with very little to no entertainment except what they provide....

    • @raymondcahyadi3094
      @raymondcahyadi3094 10 днів тому

      I wonder what other species think about us, if we called the orcas an apex predator, probably they called human the same right?, they probably know that human is very emotional and very inteligent like them, and I predict that they are to some extent quite curious about how human communicate to each other too..

  • @sweettt321
    @sweettt321 Рік тому +2786

    I will never get over the fact that baby whales babble just like human babies and end up learning the language of their pods

    • @jennyoyster5054
      @jennyoyster5054 11 місяців тому +97

      That’s really adorable….

    • @mannyfernandez2983
      @mannyfernandez2983 7 місяців тому +106

      Well I hope you can get over the fact that an orca once spent 17 days carrying her dead calf - a dramatic saga of apparent mourning - has become a mother once again. The orca, identified by researchers as J35 and also known as Tahlequah, became a symbol in 2018 of the plight of the Southern Resident whales, which were 88 in number when they were listed as endangered in 2005 and have dwindled further since then. The birth of the new orca, which was seen for the first time by researchers on Saturday, brings the population to 73.

    • @lyzziekelly
      @lyzziekelly 6 місяців тому +6

      I love it so much lol

    • @khalilWilson29
      @khalilWilson29 5 місяців тому +4

      That’s crazy

    • @morrighan8787
      @morrighan8787 5 місяців тому +7

      @@mannyfernandez2983 I didn't hear about any of that, that's heartbreaking.

  • @captainngoose
    @captainngoose 9 місяців тому +508

    The idea that _maybe_ within my lifetime, it might be possible to actively communicate with an orca is astounding. I LOVE hearing about intelligent animals that aren't human. Orcas, crows, octopi, etc. Its so fascinating to me

    • @egakuro6145
      @egakuro6145 9 місяців тому +4

      Their "language" and intelligence is primitive. Its like trying to communicate with a dog. The video is making assumption that they are as intelligent as human, which is not even close. They simply don't have a need to have humanlike intelligence, so they don't have it

    • @satvikvinod882
      @satvikvinod882 7 місяців тому +61

      @@egakuro6145 it’s not like trying to communicate with a dog, dogs convey emotions to each other , they don’t have complex communications like orcas do.

    • @chrisbowden4070
      @chrisbowden4070 5 місяців тому +41

      @@egakuro6145very arrogant of you, just because they don’t have fingers to create and write doesn’t mean that they aren’t sentient conscious beings with self identity and culture just like us….

    • @newfoundmoralclarity
      @newfoundmoralclarity 5 місяців тому +27

      ​@@egakuro6145I suspect many people in your life have felt the same around you

    • @kinkade6710
      @kinkade6710 5 місяців тому +2

      If we tell them to stop attacking sailboats...and they refuse...... can we consider that informed refusal and use lethal force?

  • @alessandroborges3758
    @alessandroborges3758 11 місяців тому +4357

    Keeping these beings captive is insanely unhuman

    • @noobtv4325
      @noobtv4325 11 місяців тому +156

      Most often , when an orca is in captivity its because it is disabled and un able to survive on their own.
      Not the case at marine land ofc .
      You you released these captive beings back into the wild, they’d be dead in 2 days tops.
      It would be the equivalent of throwing a disabled toddler into a suburban ghetto and expecting them to survive completely on their own.
      Unfortunately, in some circumstances it is 100% necessary to keep them captive, or they will die.
      Idk about you, but i rather live in a huge “tank” surrounded by nets several kilometres apart .
      Protected from poachers or possible predators and often don’t even realize they are captive . Unlike at aquariums, captivity isn’t the same.
      Also, more often than not
      These animals are born in captivity from their parents giving birth from being raised there and have NEVER. Been out in the actual wild
      Again, that would be like sending a chihuahua out to play with wolves.
      They’d stand ZERO chance.

    • @root_test9493
      @root_test9493 11 місяців тому +156

      I've spent my entire life around orcas in the Puget sound
      I have watched calves grow up. They come up to us when we fish.
      I can't imagine keeping them captive unless they have been injured

    • @briantriplett2455
      @briantriplett2455 11 місяців тому +7

      They are normally not able to live in the wild. Shows are cool tho.

    • @Kiwi_TaylorsVersion
      @Kiwi_TaylorsVersion 11 місяців тому +11

      @@root_test9493 that must be a beautiful thing to witness

  • @ihsahnakerfeldt9280
    @ihsahnakerfeldt9280 5 місяців тому +197

    I think the reason a lot of people don't realize how insanely powerful and savage this incredible animal is the fact that it doesn't attack humans in the wild (along with the fact that it looks and sounds very cute). It makes for a sort of a surprising juxtaposition. Savage, powerful predators like wolves and bears almost invariably instill fear into our hearts in a way orcas don't despite the latter's unbelievable success and dominance over their environments.

    • @sciteceng2hedz358
      @sciteceng2hedz358 5 місяців тому +13

      Wolves and bears are wild. Orcas are civilized.

    • @user-km5kj8xh1x
      @user-km5kj8xh1x 5 місяців тому +2

      ​@@sciteceng2hedz358bears are also very smart on the same level as chimps

    • @wren_.
      @wren_. 4 місяці тому +10

      well apparently wolves don’t strike enough fear into our hearts, because we domesticated them and now we have dogs. i’m wondering if we could potentially do something similar with orcas. It would be really cool to have another creature on planet earth with human like intelligence that we could communicate with, and it might say something about life on other planets too.

    • @kashphlinktu
      @kashphlinktu 4 місяці тому +4

      Orcas apparently avoid eating humans deliberately. They must understand that we are sentient.

  • @littletweeter1327
    @littletweeter1327 Рік тому +4872

    What a dream it would be to be able to actually communicate to orcas at some point. Communicating with other intelligent species is so huge

    • @riteshyeddu9186
      @riteshyeddu9186 Рік тому +41


    • @Mandred85
      @Mandred85 Рік тому +231

      communicating with gorillas was such a big break through.

    • @Peanutdenver
      @Peanutdenver Рік тому +582

      "YES...I can understand you!" - human
      "Great...now can you guys get your shit together please?" - Orca

    • @90hjorth
      @90hjorth Рік тому +47

      You obviously haven’t seen the documentary, Free Willy

  • @tristandaries1129
    @tristandaries1129 Рік тому +2513

    I love how many animals that are completely unrelated to each other, multiple times throughout life decided that if they scream loud enough, they can kind of see but not really

    • @grimble4564
      @grimble4564 11 місяців тому +98

      Too some degree, they can "see" better than us. If it didn't work really well, it wouldn't have happened so much.

    • @tiaraguy7705
      @tiaraguy7705 11 місяців тому +214

      @@grimble4564 They just have better resolution, we got better refresh rate.

    • @mybike1100
      @mybike1100 11 місяців тому +14

      @tiaraguy7705 yeah, but anything over 60fps is wasted on our eyes anyway

    • @justadummy8076
      @justadummy8076 11 місяців тому +78

      @@mybike1100 you don’t really need a refresh rate faster than that, 60fps is good enough to adequately react to stimuli, as far as all animals go, human eyesight is pretty strong, it’s only when you get to owls & hawks & other busted builds where the human eye can no longer keep up

    • @saltypork101
      @saltypork101 10 місяців тому +26

      @@justadummy8076 builds 💀

  • @Adam-ui3yn
    @Adam-ui3yn Рік тому +499

    After learning about the part where they may be highly conscious it gave so much more meaning to the earlier bit about the young ones being scared of supporting their own weight on land. Like a human being scared to enter the water until their confident enough swimmers. This video was so remarkable, I was literally entranced. I need to go to sleep lol

  • @barneyrebel0123
    @barneyrebel0123 7 місяців тому +295

    Something I've never seen anyone mention before, so I thought I'd throw it in. Since we've gotten more "In Tune" with these Orca for a very long time, and anytime one beaches themselves on accident, if there's a Human around, we usually always try to save it, and get it back in the water, where the rest of the family is waiting. The pod can see this a lot of the time. Not only that, but the stranded Orca can obviously tell, as more and more people come to rescue the Orca, that we are a family as well, and work together. In those cases, to help save their lives, and get them back home. Since they are so intelligent, I don't think it's far fetched to think that Orca, both the stranded, and the families of the stranded, communicate that the "Things" that move on 2 feet on land, just helped save a life, to not only each other, but other Orca as well. It's not crazy to think, that pods have communicated this with other pods, where one of them were also saved by humans. They also share "Spindle Cells" with us. There are only a few other animals on the planet that do. Elephants, Gorillas, and Whales I know for sure do. I think they are just as curious about us, as we are of them.

    • @Sarah-tonin
      @Sarah-tonin 5 місяців тому +32

      That way you phrased your comment 'if theres a human around we always try to save it' made me think you were pretending to be an orca 😂

    • @bandidocavalier
      @bandidocavalier 5 місяців тому +8

      @@Sarah-tonin thats so cute omg

    • @kathrynmceachern9503
      @kathrynmceachern9503 4 місяці тому +5

      It's so sad that now they're attacking boats, what happened?

  • @ajayempee
    @ajayempee Рік тому +1248

    As a linguist I would like to compliment you on your tone of voice, pacing and articulation as well as an excellent script for the narration. The video ran smoothly from one point to the next and practically every sentence contained pertinent information that drove the narrative forward at a pace that was manageable for the listener. Will definitely subscribe for more!

    • @jelt110
      @jelt110 Рік тому +17

      Great comment, I'll study her delivery and practice.

    • @krithag
      @krithag 11 місяців тому +16

      Aside from the blatant mispronunciation of the scientific name of an orca within the first minute of the video……….

    • @furthings
      @furthings 10 місяців тому +41

      As a normal person, I honestly found their pace robotic, soulless, and empty of personality. I wonder if that's why.

    • @danielfox3003
      @danielfox3003 10 місяців тому +22

      But are you a cunning linguist?

    • @matthewbrightman3398
      @matthewbrightman3398 10 місяців тому +3

      @@danielfox3003 😂

  • @MrJeremyCuddles
    @MrJeremyCuddles 7 місяців тому +36

    Every time I learn something new about Orcas, it blows my mind. Such incredible, beautiful creatures. It's so hard to justify keeping them in captivity. Their level of knowledge really feels unprecedented. I have a hard time justifying keeping any animals in captivity. Specifically for things like zoos. Pets are different, since they're more family than entertainment. Either way, orcas are very much my favorite animal. Incredible, incredible creatures.

  • @veryslowpoke2025
    @veryslowpoke2025 Рік тому +6480

    the fact that whales/dolphins can legally just be kept at places like Seaworld is just insane given just the information in this video.

    • @ghuff31
      @ghuff31 Рік тому +713

      doesn't surprise me. there are humans kept in crates and small rooms for the pleasure and labor of other humans. of course we'd do that to another species....

    • @kentuckymafia1610
      @kentuckymafia1610 Рік тому +143

      It's because those places make money which is funneled sadly into politicians.

  • @creativeearthian1702
    @creativeearthian1702 Рік тому +272

    When I first saw Orcas hunting seal on the ice, I was in awe of realization that these creatures, beyond doubt, TALK TO EACH OTHER.
    There's just no other explanation for such highly coordinated behavior.
    Truly a majestic beings.

    • @srobeck77
      @srobeck77 Рік тому +4

      No different than a wolf pack grunting and howling out to each other when they hunt.

    • @pauldeddens5349
      @pauldeddens5349 Рік тому +25

      @@srobeck77 Unless they are also using their sonar to not only hunt and send messages, but perhaps send images to each other?
      Maybe even complex 3 dimensional images that represent their location in physical space, alongside their podmates and prey?
      That could potentially even "animate" by being sent multiple visual messages?
      And when wolf packs grunt and howl, it only tells them their location on a flat plane. Wolves cant fly, and are only on the same level everything else on land is. Its alot different when they are suspended in water, and can coordinate attacks in motion.

    • @pauldeddens5349
      @pauldeddens5349 Рік тому +4

      @@srobeck77 How do you know? What makes it impossible?
      We can send 3D images using radio waves, light waves, etc. Why cant they be sent using sound waves?
      And I dont know what makes you think the whistling and clicking they make isnt sonar. Its not like they can silently send messages.

    • @srobeck77
      @srobeck77 Рік тому +1

      @@pauldeddens5349 I already explained why, dreamer dude. Go re-read until it sticks bruh

  • @sirridesalot6652
    @sirridesalot6652 Рік тому +406

    A woman, Judy, in New Zealand had an Orca adult, a juvenile and a calf swim alongside her for quite some time. You can find drone footage of it and also an interview with her about it, here on UAclips. Absolutely amazing creatures.

    • @theprinceoftides6836
      @theprinceoftides6836 11 місяців тому +12

      Yup, seen that. One of the most remarkable thing I've seen. Orcas love us. Free Willy.

    • @saltypork101
      @saltypork101 10 місяців тому +5

      That's terrifying.

    • @shanejones578
      @shanejones578 10 місяців тому +1

      @@saltypork101 yup. Almost rather see a shark

    • @shanejones578
      @shanejones578 10 місяців тому +6

      @@saltypork101 but at least you die quicker with orca. You get hit by a bus at 30 mph you break every bone real quick lmao. Their screams would make me shit myself though

    • @mikerentiers
      @mikerentiers 10 місяців тому +2

      @@theprinceoftides6836 they did free willy - you should read the book by the guy who ledthe effort to attempt to transition "willy" for the wild return. I won't spoil it but it is horrible. The name of the book is Killing Keiko (WIlly's actual name)

  • @CharlieApples
    @CharlieApples 8 місяців тому +55

    Fun Fact: Flocks of wild parrots have also been found to speak different languages. Flocks that live near each other speak different dialects of the same language, and flocks from different areas speak completely different languages, despite being the same species.
    Animals have always been talking to each other. We just need to learn to listen.

    • @inquisitorwalmarius6650
      @inquisitorwalmarius6650 Місяць тому

      anyone who relaxes in their garen can attest to that. i swear my gardens birds talk about what they observe and communicate their dislike to eachothers pressence at different spots.

    • @SigFigNewton
      @SigFigNewton 23 дні тому

      Yeah it’s not a matter of whether they communicate, but how intricate their communication can be.
      Wonder what research there is about the importance of having brains that do much of their development after being born. Or what research there will be about maximizing the language skills of various species by providing more and better stimulation in their youth, which is known to impact human communication skills.

  • @L_G218
    @L_G218 11 місяців тому +246

    I knew that Orcas beach themselves to hunt... but that they teach their young and practice on seaweed dummies is absolutely crazy!

    • @MrDj232
      @MrDj232 7 місяців тому +18

      They also teach their young to hunt stingrays without getting hurt.

  • @user-rm7kb3il6x
    @user-rm7kb3il6x 3 місяці тому +4

    The fact that we could interpret orcas calls into human language is amazing. However it just came to me how bad translation apps are at translating between human languages, so idk how much confidence i have in their accuracy, but maybe since there arent as many cultural nuances since its simple calls vs intricate speech, maybe it would be somewhat accurate, which is amazingly cool
    Edit: nevermind, 11:23 turns out they might have as complex cultures as our own.. yeah, my confidence of accurate orca translation becoming a thing went wayyy down lol but its still amazing to even have an idea of what these animals are thinking and comminating. I wander what they're saying at sea world

  • @Ryanisdyin
    @Ryanisdyin 2 роки тому +4426

    The fact that they actually practice that beaching thing is so crazy to me. I thought they just tested it themselves and if they died, they died.

    • @mathieumarlaire
      @mathieumarlaire 2 роки тому +763

      Yeah like holy fuck. Patiently teaching their babies years in advance step by step how to do it. That takes a serious level of abstract thinking.

    • @m3lon407
      @m3lon407 2 роки тому +475

      Just wait for an orca to do 360 no scope tail whip body slamming a fisherman boat

    • @krishnakandury434
      @krishnakandury434 2 роки тому +319

      Lol, Orca SATs for beaching. Degree programs and shit

    • @bkjeong4302
      @bkjeong4302 2 роки тому +201

      Different populations of orcas often hunt different prey and have hunting techniques that aren't found in any other population; they're extremely specialized and spend the first few years of their lives mastering very specific hunting techniques, and most populations are restricted to only a limited array of prey (sometimes just one species), save rare cases of dietary experimentation.

    • @Tricks27
      @Tricks27 2 роки тому +107

      They keep that hunting technique up for a couple million years (assuming earth isn’t destroyed) they’ll be walking or galloping on land.

  • @pauldeddens5349
    @pauldeddens5349 Рік тому +51

    I will always be fascinated by the sonar, and the potential of it being actual telekinesis.
    It really comes down to how do they register sonar? Is it like someone feeling around a dark room, or objects in a bag, where your brain assembles an image mentally, but not visually?
    Or are their brains actually projecting mental images into their vision? Because if its the latter, I think that perfectly explains their intelligence and coordination. They are just beaming complex 3D diagrams of movement to each others heads, projecting exactly what they are thinking. They could probably even animate such images!
    It would explain their strangely wrinkled brains. If they have seemingly similar speech and culture to us, they would only need marginally more brain power to calculate moving in three dimensions. But that doesnt line up with the extreme increase from our wrinkles to their wrinkles. Unless all of that extra brain is dedicated to parsing and producing images to send with sonar.
    Its such an alien but strangely familiar concept that would make them remarkably similar to us. It would turn them from vocal social creatures, to visual social creatures.
    Could you imagine using microphones to attempt to decode 3D images from sonar, or potentially speakers that can send images back to them? We would be able to communicate such complex messages to them. They could communicate back to us. It would be the start of potentially civilizing such a creature!
    Although they no doubt already have existing culture, and creates the messy dilemma of animal rights, and if they should be considered similar as human. And what that means about ocean drilling, shipping, fishing, and plastics. But ignoring logistical issues, its incredibly fascinating.

    • @frankG335
      @frankG335 8 місяців тому +3

      Civilizing them? I suspect that they would be civilizing us. Lol.

    • @MrSteror
      @MrSteror 4 місяці тому +1

      In a way, language is also visual communication, because we know what different words represent in terms of shapes and colors.

    • @MartinVillagra
      @MartinVillagra 4 місяці тому +2

      I don’t think sound communication can be biologically evolved to transmit 3D images. It is much more clear to communicate ideas rather than raw data, otherwise each orca would have to process all the images. That wouldn’t be efficient.

    • @pauldeddens5349
      @pauldeddens5349 4 місяці тому +1

      @@MartinVillagra Not necessarily 3D images being transmitted, thats a bit absurd. Just a sequence of 2D images that can be interpreted as 3D. The same way we can interpret a bunch of frames of a video game as motion, and even containing depth, despite being 2D.

    • @MartinVillagra
      @MartinVillagra 4 місяці тому

      @@pauldeddens5349 same response.

  • @jelt110
    @jelt110 Рік тому +40

    Orcas and dolphins can interpret intelligence in other species, as humans do. They understand we bring pets and children with us swimming and boating. They understand we have our own culture.
    To communicate with an Orca, assume you are dealing with a sentient aquatic tribal alien. Be interesting, but not intrusive. Show humor. They will appreciate the attempt to interact.
    Great video, you can tell by the intellect of the comments: it promotes thoughtful speculation and personal insights. Best of the year.

  • @Beingapolymath
    @Beingapolymath 5 місяців тому +31

    Of all the magnificent ocean dwelling animals, as a young child I was fascinated and still am by Orcas. There is something distinctly unique about them. Each Orca seems to have its own personality. Their ability to work together to hunt is amazing. Watched a documentary wherein they circled a penguin on an ice shelf and started creating waves towards the ice shelf to destabilise it, and eventually making the penguin fall back into the ocean. What I saw next was probably the most astounding act I’ve ever seen. The entire pod started tossing the penguin high up into the air like some celebration.
    That’s when it hit me that Orcas are sentient beings who know exactly what they are doing.
    What is also fascinating about them is that there is no recorded history of an Orca resident or transient to ever have attacked a human being without provocation.
    It is also evident that they know how big and powerful they are and how they can toy with humans but show remarkable restraint to not interfere with humans. We know so little of our own world and we’re out searching for life on other planets. I’m certain that in the depth of the oceans there still exist pre historic creatures that will make us question the significance of our existence. For whatever reason, we haven’t recorded or come across these beings.

  • @mrconcept
    @mrconcept Рік тому +48

    I'm generally terrified of the sea and everything in it but for some reason Orcas and Dolphins don't scare me.Has been that way since 5 years old. Great video, you have a brilliant narrators voice.

    • @zeusx6479
      @zeusx6479 4 місяці тому +1

      Becuz orcas look cute

    • @kevinwells9751
      @kevinwells9751 Місяць тому

      Well that lack of fear is well placed because there have been no recorded fatal attacks of humans in the wild. They seemingly have no interest in hurting or eating us and in many cases have attempted to work with us to hunt prey like whales
      The only exception to this is when they are in captivity where they have killed and injured their captors, but I consider that to be entirely the fault of the captors not the captives. If I was abducted, forced to live in a tiny room, and made to perform tricks for audiences I would also look for opportunities to hurt my captors. The fact that it is still fairly rare only goes to show that these creatures harbor no ill will towards us

  • @TheRcquint2004
    @TheRcquint2004 11 місяців тому +66

    I have always thought of Orcas as the most incredibly beautiful animal on earth. Blackfish made me cry hysterically. My children have been to Vancouver to see them in the wild, but will never be at Sea World. Instead of a Tiger Mom, I have always told my boys that I am an Orca mom! Black and White. Single mom. Fearless, protective and family obsessed! I love these animals so much! My spirit animal.

    • @leliadumitriu
      @leliadumitriu 10 місяців тому +9

      Humanity deserves to be offed only for this. They imprisoned and separated baby orcas from family. They are animals with twice as much affective capacity as humans. It means much more grief, depressions and loneliness. In a space barely twice their size. Well, no wander went ballistic on their trainers and caretakers. They have the self-awareness to figure they were the show pieces of this people that kidnapped them from their society. How could a creature not go murderous??

    • @MyLolle
      @MyLolle 4 місяці тому

      how did you feel when you woke up? --> Rcquint

    • @SigFigNewton
      @SigFigNewton 23 дні тому

      @@leliadumitriusaying that collective punishment is morally dubious is an understatement

  • @christiankeyes9191
    @christiankeyes9191 2 роки тому +9689

    The fact that baby orcas have to learn their language shows how intelligent these beings are

    • @MermaidMusings7
      @MermaidMusings7 Рік тому +712

      They can learn other species' language. Captive orcas Shouka and Ulises learned bottlenose dolphin vocalizations. Wikie can copy a variety of human sounds on command. She can mimick words such as 'hello' and 'Amy,' and count to three.

    • @christiankeyes9191
      @christiankeyes9191 Рік тому +162

      @@MermaidMusings7 That’s fascinating!

    • @christiankeyes9191
      @christiankeyes9191 Рік тому +37

      @@MrCmon113 😂

    • @MermaidMusings7
      @MermaidMusings7 Рік тому +134

      @@jakubgrono9070 Orcas are mammals, not fish.

  • @jermm2183
    @jermm2183 Рік тому +19

    orcas, dolphins, and parrots/corvids seem to be the species to be the most similar to humans considering their brains. Honestly really cool to see. Thanks for the information

    • @srobeck77
      @srobeck77 Рік тому +1

      You left out chimps, lions, and wolves since they hunt in packs and have high emotional intelligence as well.

    • @TheAkwarium
      @TheAkwarium 11 місяців тому +5

      honestly humans give themselves too much credit lol

    • @kylienielsen6975
      @kylienielsen6975 7 днів тому

      Not birds, in terms of intelligence yes but their brain structure is very different

  • @haleyguthrie3113
    @haleyguthrie3113 Рік тому +16

    I'm from a small tribe in PNW. I didnt realize just how special they were until I left home. I thought everyone knew humans and orcas are bonded. Wolves as well. We don't have a religion per say. We don't worship anything. We don't have a hiarchy as we are all the same. Circle of life kind of thing. The most horrible sounds I have ever heard was a female orca mourning the loss of her calf. 💔
    We are closer to them in many ways and in many ways more in common with them than other great apes.

  • @trevortrollface440
    @trevortrollface440 10 місяців тому +10

    i can't believe i didn't know these things earlier! the sheer human-ness of these animals continues to amaze me. they have culture, they use specific techniques for hunting and such that exceeds a primal instinct, literally teaching each other how to continue doing it like a tradition. they travel in different types of groups, and have such advanced brains. that's just their behavior though, their anatomy also amazes me. when you think of echolocation, most people would agree the animal that comes to mind is a bat. with their big ears, they can pick up the sounds they emit from their voice box. but an orca, an orca emits sounds from their forehead through a fatty hunk of flesh that concentrates and centers their sounds into a powerful noise?? it's literally incredible. not to mention how they pick up the sound again through another cavity in their chin, it's literally a biological sonar system

  • @leannemarie2836
    @leannemarie2836 Рік тому +25

    I love orcas so much. It’s always been my favorite animal and seeing just how intelligent these beautiful creatures are, makes me love them even more.
    My husband is actually going to take me on vacation to Washington state to see them in the wild as we canoe through the water! I’m so excited. ❤

  • @KuroTheDesigner
    @KuroTheDesigner 5 місяців тому +6

    What terrifies me most about orca's is the fact that if they have cultures and a language, as well as the ability to pass on skills, then i think they might have a capacity for story telling... Depending on how we treat them, our first interspecies war might not be with aliens lmao. Sounds kinda ridiculous but is it really? All it would take is a coordinated message across all orca's to attack a certain thing i.e. boats or subs, as to how they'd do it, i think they'd figure something out given the time and motivation

    • @ItCrab
      @ItCrab 4 місяці тому +2

      If this does happen Im afraid we’d wipe them out either completely or decimate their numbers to the point they are heavily endangered

  • @christophersine84
    @christophersine84 Рік тому +1417

    I've thought about the brain wrinkling. These animals HAVE to think in three dimensions all the time. Most mammals exist on a plane, of 2.5 dimensions at best. We place ourselves on the ground, and really only have to be aware of what's around us on the same plane, or ground. Whales and dolphins, have to be aware of what's around them and above and below them at all times. They are placing themselves in a constant three dimensional world. The spacial awareness is probably off the charts

    • @pnut3844able
      @pnut3844able Рік тому +39

      Hmmm interesting

    • @durkio1536
      @durkio1536 Рік тому +146

      Truly amazing to think about it. Thanks for the enlightenment. No wonder these creatures have naturally evolved sonar systems in their heads. I mean how much of complex stages of evolution does one have to go through for you to develop a fully functional natural sonar system in your head. Amazing creatures this video made me fall in love with them even more

    • @bryannaprouty8730
      @bryannaprouty8730 Рік тому +64

      @@durkio1536 The freakier thing is that they are technically hooved mammals, having evolved from an ungulate. This puts them in the same major mammal group as aardvarks, elephants, pigs, giraffes, antelope, wildebeest, sheep, goats, deer, camels, moose, horses ect. It's just too flipping creepy.

    • @youngbreadwinner2780
      @youngbreadwinner2780 Рік тому +2

      Yes that's one of the biggest parts of their brains

    • @srobeck77
      @srobeck77 Рік тому +15

      At the same time, higher intellect in Orca brains suffers from having a dedication to 3D senses. 3D sense wouldnt benefit humans in modern society, so its far better to have more brain power dedicated to higher IQ.

  • @kartikt.s813
    @kartikt.s813 Рік тому +22

    This video is so incredibly well produced. The copy is engaging, the subject is interesting, and the visuals are desciptive.

  • @celty228
    @celty228 11 місяців тому +15

    I find it amazing the elders teach the younger one techniques, training practice, and even props. I also find it sad the younger orcas can get trauma from the training.

  • @reannon8643
    @reannon8643 6 місяців тому +4

    Amazingly, we came across a group while Whale Whatching in B.C. Canada and it was a group of 10 transit ocras. The naturalist were baffled as they had never seen these two groups together. Why were they? They were teaching the babies how to hold their breaths on deep dives! Amazingly rare opportunity.

  • @tandoodleys5252
    @tandoodleys5252 5 місяців тому +9

    I find it fascinating, and frankly quite frightening, how intelligent Orca are. I also believe that if they had a change of heart and saw humans for the nuisance that we are, we'd have the best reason to never dip our toes in the oceans again.
    Amazing animals, completely far and away the greatest predator on the planet

  • @jessepitt
    @jessepitt 6 місяців тому +4

    I grew up on Stuart Island in the San Juan Islands. The clip at 10:28 has Spiden Island in the background. It’s a privately owned island that my grandparents were caretakers of during the nineties. The orcas in the shot are head straight north towards my island. My father’s house is on the waterfront of the south side of the island so the orcas frequently hunted fish along the shore in front. I love watching them from the cliffs there, you can see them underwater and get a real sense of their power and speed.

  • @chrisd7047
    @chrisd7047 Рік тому +1321

    I remember one of the Shark Week episodes on DIscovery from a few years ago. They were, of course, focused on the sharks, but part of the story was the arrival of dolphins to the hunting grounds in the waters of South Africa. The 2 groups largely left each other alone. One morning, the researchers observed the sharks AND the dolphins all heading out in the same direction. The researchers knew immediately what was causing it: the only thing that would make both groups, white sharks and dolphins, flee in the same direction is a pod of orcas.

    • @ladonnamckinney6326
      @ladonnamckinney6326 Рік тому +30


    • @grom2839
      @grom2839 Рік тому +24

      i really want to see this episode

    • @parengthonycastillo4272
      @parengthonycastillo4272 Рік тому +181

      As far I remembered they were not a pod but a duo only. I believe their names were Port and Starboard. The two Orcas who only kill just for fun until all great white sharks of Cape town, South Africa got decimated.

    • @chrisd7047
      @chrisd7047 Рік тому +16

      @@parengthonycastillo4272 You might be right. It's been a while since I've seen it.

    • @evertdevries8814
      @evertdevries8814 Рік тому +5

      The Sardine run, of course.

  • @0blacklightning046
    @0blacklightning046 Рік тому +4

    Honestly something Ive noticed about Orcas that each new piece of information gives me more confirmation on.... Is Orcas are more like a government. The resident pods are always doing things, always receiving information, those Orcas that get kinda close but dont interact mame me think of them as nothing more than recievers that get just within range of the other Orcas to get information amd then they are off to their next destination, it all looks highly coordinated to me. Its almost like they are always trying to learn more about the world they live in.

  • @SageEnds
    @SageEnds 11 місяців тому +57

    Beautiful, fascinating, and terrifying creatures.

  • @user-pe6uz2mk7c
    @user-pe6uz2mk7c 2 місяці тому

    Thank you for such a fascinating and in depth look at one of my favorite animals. Very well put together and informative. You are appreciated ! I just subscribed because of this.

  • @machinismus
    @machinismus 11 місяців тому +5

    I wonder what they’d think about our fascination with them? Do they recognize us as a fellow intelligent species and discuss it with each other? I hope we can communicate with them someday!

  • @courtney_1334
    @courtney_1334 5 місяців тому +4

    Knowing all this, it makes it even more heartbreaking to think of the orcas that were captured from the wild to be put in aquariums. They can’t communicate with each other and it ends up in enslavement of an intelligent species strictly for entertainment purposes.

  • @demonduckofdoom7635
    @demonduckofdoom7635 Рік тому +1406

    With such a strong cultural component to their existence (and, possibly, emotional consciousness), you can see why captivity is so damaging for these creatures. The thought of such a complex and communal creature circling alone in a glorified swimming pool is horrific.

    • @stefaniverson2739
      @stefaniverson2739 Рік тому +60

      It truly is terrible. I often find myself feeling bad about going to sea world to see the show as a kid. Obviously I didn’t know anything about it being wrong and it was my grandparents who took me, but I still feel guilty for contributing to it.

    • @Artist_Dakota
      @Artist_Dakota Рік тому +1

      @@fukkitful ??? for eating food??

    • @fukkitful
      @fukkitful Рік тому +24

      @@Artist_Dakota a whale stuck in a tank.

    • @codyosborne8926
      @codyosborne8926 Рік тому +5

      I've never gone to see one. I would be thinking about what you said constantly and wouldn't enjoy it 😭

  • @sambarrett871
    @sambarrett871 Рік тому +2

    It's a shame the navy isn't assisting in this the amount of underwater listening devices we have is insane. Extremely precise and accurate perfect for this to bad all of that stuff is under at least a secret classification

  • @mythicmars4848
    @mythicmars4848 Рік тому

    I love how similar the processes that happen in living creatures can be to technology

  • @bodybalancer
    @bodybalancer 3 місяці тому

    really fascinating beautiful creatures. great video, so much to learn. the only point i’m not sure about is about working together with humpbacks…. just watched a ted talk on Orcas, this guy has been following & researching them for years, & he described the humpbacks more so as competitors/disruptors, the orcas do all this amazing work to corral the herring, and humpbacks will take advantage, swooping in to take big mouthfuls. In packs i heard orcas will hunt humpbacks but, if the water is deep enough the humpbacks can dive deep, then swim back up to take a bite, and are just so huge even the orcas have to get out of their way, the humpbacks aren’t a real threat or danger to them, but they can take away from their meals. So Im not sure those two species are working together or just coexisting, id be curious to hear more about that. Im worried about the impact of climate change on ocean water temps, and the fish populations the orcas & other animals rely on, i heard the herring are migrating progressively northward, to escape warmer waters & go towards colder waters, but there is only so far north they can all go. If we don’t get our act together as humans, we will end up causing a collapse of these food chains, and we won’t be exempt either, we will go the same way as all the rest of the species and life on earth. If it comes to that i guess its just as well, i wouldn’t want to live in a world where there’s no Orcas. im sure its been changed & lost integrity over the years but the old Chief Seattle quote is a favorite, and ill probably misquote it but, i love the parts about what befalls the beasts, will befall man, and how without them, we would die of a great loneliness of spirit. 😕🥺💔

  • @4cett5
    @4cett5 Рік тому +6

    I would like to be an Orca for 1 day to feel the power, love, passion of these beautiful animals.

  • @KendrixTermina
    @KendrixTermina 4 місяці тому +1

    I'm normally sceptical when it comes to assigning human characteristics to animals, but this stuff with the sophisticated hunting techniques, giving signals to coordinate and learned communication is *definitely* a form of culture, no two ways about it.

    • @yanni-barimwald834
      @yanni-barimwald834 29 днів тому

      Culture is not exclusively owned by humans. It is more defined by the transmission of information or knowledge. It has even been proven from fruit flies in experiments that they pass over information to the next generation without showing it physically. The experimental fruit flies were offered different fruits, from which all but one was made untasty, so the parent generation only ate the tasty fruit. The next generation preferred that fruit as well even when all offered fruits were potentially eatable again

  • @0blacklightning046
    @0blacklightning046 Рік тому +3

    Could it be something so simple as an actual imagery language? Think about it. Even for humans when we hear something it creates an image in our brain we are able to see. Thats how echo location works as well, different frequencies, pitches, tones, and outputs as well as time length of each create the specifics of the image which would provide an almost exact real time reaction and if they are all on the same page then its like they are just re enacting a movie they have already seen. This would also be able to explain why it's learned not inherited.

  • @mgp3737
    @mgp3737 10 місяців тому +2

    I’m honestly mind blown. These creatures are so fascinating.

  • @Kurt1969
    @Kurt1969 5 місяців тому +1

    Wow. This is one of the best documentaries I have seen in awhile. I know so because I'm not that interested in Orcas and this one had me glued to the screen! Great content and overall production!
    Thank you.

  • @5amH45lam
    @5amH45lam Рік тому +5

    That orca teach their young the beaching technique with such care and patience indicates just how intelligent these majestic animals are.

  • @nameismetatoo4591
    @nameismetatoo4591 5 місяців тому

    I would love to one day swim with these animals, though I know it probably won't happen. There's something deeply fascinating about interacting with an intelligent animal. People dream of meeting intelligent aliens someday, but we already share our planet with some remarkable species that understand far more than we give them credit for. I hope AI proves to be the key to communication with these animals. There's so much we could tell them, and we could certainly learn from them as well. I just wish we could apologize to them for the damage we've caused them and somehow give them advice which would help them avoid humans that are hunting them.

  • @NWozz034
    @NWozz034 Рік тому +3764

    One of the coolest things to me about orcas that the video doesn’t mention is that there has never been a recorded human death from a wild orca. But orcas have been recorded and seen leading humans towards pods of whales to hunt. They might see humans as a potential symbiotic relationship since they’re known to eat human leftovers from whaling or snag stray fish when fishermen use nets. Just super cool that they easily could attack and kill humans but seemingly have no interest in doing so

    • @NWozz034
      @NWozz034 Рік тому +1147

      Obviously this doesn’t include orcas that have been held in captivity. There have been multiple trainers killed by orcas. But that isn’t much of a shock considering the damage a lifetime of solitude and imprisonment can do to an intelligent creature’s psyche

    • @VitaeLibra
      @VitaeLibra Рік тому +507

      @@NWozz034fair warning, haven't watched the video yet so might just be repeating stuff. Just wanted to dump a lot of information that I've heard. Some of it might not even be true so take it with a grain of salt
      An orca in captivity is basically the real life equivalent of the indominous rex in jurssaic world. Both are apex predators, both are smart enough that humans can't help but underestimate them even if we think they're smart, both would eat a smaller sibling if kept in captivity and if free willy is anything to go by, both would find a way to trick humans into letting them escape. Kill em with kindness as they say
      Also from what I've heard, one of the reasons orcas don't attack humans is because they teach their younger ones that humans will repay their "kindness" doublefold. Like it's not just that they don't like human meat (although they probably don't like it anyways. But a hungry predator is a hungry predator). It's not instinct either. They KNOW not to attack humans because of the consequences. The only other race to do that is humans. Think about it. If you went into a gorilla (or whichever is the smartest monkey) enclosure or met one in the wild and the gorilla decided to attack you then it wouldn't know not to do that because of the consequences. If it has decided to attack you then it would do that. Orcas can go through all their checkmarks of whether they should kill a human and then still be smart enough to show restraint. Some animals know to save food for the winter but other than that there isn't really much care for the future. Most animals just live in the present. Even humans struggle with calculating future consequences of their actions. But Orcas haven't attacked humans once is what you said? My guess is there was probably an Orca attack or a few of them long before we kept track of them which resulted in almost the entire Orca pod being killed by humans and since then they have managed to pass down the knowledge of why not to do that. That's just my theory though
      There's also the fact that Orcas will tackle whales for hours by jumping out of the water and landing on them to push them under the water and drown them. The scary thing isn't that they do something like that. The scary part is that they will even attempt to drown one in the first place since that implies it's worked for them before
      Orcas are also endangered I think and there's apparently a law that says you have to turn off your boats motor when they're nearby. That means if a seal or something tries to escape by jumping onto the boat the Orcas don't even have to try to push it off, which they can as they can create waves by swimming in unison, they can just wait as the boat isn't going anywhere. And they know they can just wait
      I mean, they're so efficient killers that when they kill a shark they only eat... the liver? Because it's the most nutritious. They just leave the rest since it's not as efficient. There were some guys who were doing an experiment down by mexico or something (I think). They were tracking a great white, the supposed "apex predator" of the sea. They got a call from some other research facility tracking another shark 2000(?) Kilometes away that their shark had been attacked by an Orca. Before they could even finish the call, the shark they were tracking dove to the bottom of the ocean and swam to hawaii
      Orcas, whales and dolphins have a sonar. Much like a bat they can see through sound and echoes. This was probably mentioned in the video. Bats aren't big enough that you'll even notice it, dolphins sonar is something you've probably heard before (it's that squeaky clicking sound you always hear in documentaries), whales are big enough that their sonar which they use to communicate with other whales will vibrate you to death if you're too close (some studies suggest whales will actually stop using sonars if humans are nearby as they don't want to kill them), and orcas are at just the size and peak of evolution that their sonar will knock you unconscious if they point at you (I think). They use it to hunt groups of fish by paralyzing them and just gulping them down
      If anyone's curious about Orcas I recommend the video by Fact Fiend with karl smallwood. That's where I got half of these small bits of knowledgr from. Also Tierzoo but you likely know that one already

    • @Larrymh07
      @Larrymh07 Рік тому +41

      Thank you for that comment. That is a topic I have been curious about.

    • @drewcarter3100
      @drewcarter3100 Рік тому +189

      Same reason sharks attacks happen 99.999% near the shoreline. We are terrible.. nutritionally speaking "sorry Edward kemp" 🤮 we have a very low fat content, comparatively speaking, plus Orcas are even picky about what kind of SALMON they like 🤣 they're not a species that likes to try ~new foods 😳 lmao

  • @uzmasaqib4028
    @uzmasaqib4028 Рік тому +4

    OMG! this documentary is sooooo awesome. I have learnt soooooo much about orcas in this amazing video. I love orcas and thank you narrator, you told me so fluently and informatively, I am really happy about that. 😃

  • @patriciagaylard2847
    @patriciagaylard2847 Рік тому

    Thanks for the research learning about the Orcas is fascinating 🙌🏼

  • @43Habsfan
    @43Habsfan 4 місяці тому

    was once fishing for salmon of the coast of british columbia and had an orca follow a salmon I'd caught on my line. I had just netted it and got it into the boat when the whale came a few feet below the surface and passed under our boat. Was crazy to see that big of an animal up close like that

  • @jwport580
    @jwport580 Місяць тому

    I love these series and the Orca is one of my favourite animals, so was disappointed that this piece focused entirely on their predation practices. Of course animals in the wild must spend a great part of their life finding food, but there is so much more to the life of these intelligent beasts that could have been explored.

  • @MiguelGomez-bq9br
    @MiguelGomez-bq9br 7 місяців тому

    This must be one of the best orcas documentaries I have ever watched. I love this animal. We should do more to protect them and not keeping them on small pools for entertainment. They are amazing

  • @SizzleCorndog
    @SizzleCorndog Рік тому +1627

    I remember watching Black Fish and hearing one of the sailors sent to capture the first set of Orca calves remark about how when getting the calves in the boats the vocalizations they heard made them realize they were taking a baby and that its family was crying because of it. Really unnerving information for a college student aiming to become a scientist

    • @shamancolin
      @shamancolin Рік тому +135

      Maybe look into bioethics then? When I was an undergrad some 20 years ago, I was horrified by the treatment of lab mice. All mammals are wired to care for their young, Orcas are no exception there.

    • @kyleenglot9184
      @kyleenglot9184 Рік тому +229

      It's pretty sad. It's basically kidnapping someone and removing them from their family. Orcas can certainly grieve. A few years ago an orca from the Southern Resident orca population who belonged to L pod lost her calf, and she carried it's body for 17 days, almost like she was distraught and displaying her grief in a bizarrely human way.

    • @spamgarbage6999
      @spamgarbage6999 Рік тому +173

      @@kyleenglot9184 its not bizarre, feelings arent uniquely human. It helps quite a bit evolutionarily if a mother cares about her offspring, the more complex the creature the greater the depth of their feelings. You think humans are bestowed feeling like magic but the rush off hormones to a mothers brain to make her fall in love with her baby is pure raw evolution.

    • @I.pray.to.George.Carlin
      @I.pray.to.George.Carlin Рік тому +31

      I saw Blackfish right when it was released and I am still broken after hearing that . utterly sad 😭

  • @eyywannn8601
    @eyywannn8601 Рік тому +3

    I can probably attribute my love for Orcas from the game Feeding Frenzy.
    You initially start as a lowly bottom feeder fish but on the last stage, you start out as a baby orca that gets progressively bigger to the point you just eat great whites.

  • @lamassuent187
    @lamassuent187 3 місяці тому +1

    Literally like wolves, they work in packs, it's amazing. It's like they kept that gene from the first land ancestor and to work in a pack and evolved it into what it is today under water is truly unbelievable

  • @jeremyallen5976
    @jeremyallen5976 10 місяців тому +2

    I live in WA state and have gone out whale watching a few times. One time we went out to see a pod of orca whales and it was crazy. There was probably 5-10 orcas all around the boat. They were within 8 ft of the boat

  • @wyskass861
    @wyskass861 Рік тому

    It would be interesting to compare the resolution, distance and processing of their sonar to advanced military submarine sonars.

  • @l.d.p.9365
    @l.d.p.9365 8 місяців тому

    I love them. Great story tellers and very childlike in their mannerisms especially when excited about telling their stories to those who will listen.

  • @salimufari
    @salimufari Рік тому +1708

    22:20 The evidence missed on self & outward awareness I wanted to see here is the study of depression & emotional trauma around injured or dead calves. It's truly heart breaking watching a young mother carry around the body of it's dead calf for weeks. Eventually accepting & releasing it or not. Either case can still lead to starving to death in a deep depression or eventual but rarely full recovery by the mother. All the while the rest of the pod trying to support the young mother as best they can. If that network of family doesn't show a higher emotional development I don't know what does.

    • @lucaskook9440
      @lucaskook9440 Рік тому +30

      good comment thx man :)

    • @OhmanzzGaming
      @OhmanzzGaming Рік тому +3

      what's your source?

    • @linus4108
      @linus4108 Рік тому +75

      @@OhmanzzGaming national geographic has covered this back in 2018

    • @miabernal5706
      @miabernal5706 Рік тому +91

      Tahlequah, member of the J pod of Southern Resident killer whales, carried her dead calf for several weeks.

    • @ForumLight
      @ForumLight Рік тому +9

      It started out interesting then of course 3 minutes in they had to put their plug in for the science fiction of common descent evolution. Science is about the repeatable portion of reality, not things like common descent evolution that contradict repeatable reality, can only be believed in, and they call reasons to believe in it 'evidence'.
      The bottom line is the topic of the origin of all biological diversity is beyond the scope of science as beliefs, and reasons to believe in it, are all anyone can bring to the table.
      Here's what *is* science: A.k.a., well documented and published even in evolutionists' own papers (when they happen to include something that's actually observable, repeatable, verifiable biological, scientific fact when they're telling their common descent stories and why they believe in it) that demonstrates common descent from a first life form is anti-science. Science shows that it's observable, repeatable, verifiable scientific fact that, no matter how many generations go by,
      no matter how much "change in genetic composition during successive generations",
      no matter how much "change in allele frequencies",
      no matter how much "development of new species",
      no matter how much "natural selection acting on genetic variation among individuals",
      no matter how much "adaptation",
      no matter how much "mutation",
      no matter how much "speciation",
      no matter how much "migration",
      no matter how much "genetic drift",
      no matter how much "insert other claims here"
      no matter how many generations go by, ALL populations of:
      fish remain fish
      amphibians remain amphibians,
      canines remain canines,
      felines remain felines,
      reptiles remain reptiles,
      birds remain birds,
      viruses remain viruses,
      animals that never had lungs to breath air do not evolve lungs
      animals that never had hearts to pump blood do not evolve hearts
      animals that never had eyes to see do not evolve eyes
      animals that never had brains do not evolve brains
      animals that never had mouths do not evolve mouths
      living things that never had a reproductive system do not evolve a reproductive system
      animals that never had (insert organ here) remain living things without that organ, and so on.
      There are many more such groups.
      Science shows that the "common descent from a first life form" evolution (some call Darwinian evolution, some call theory of common descent) is anti-science.
      Evolutionist can never address these facts - many unfortunately just fall back on ad hominem, showing how they're seem to be really about deception that's contrary to actual science.
      ===== Part TWO =====
      Here are a few objections/claims they may bring up when they cannot address the above observable, repeatable and verifiable facts:
      *Evolutionists sometimes try to claim you're against science.*
      Science is fine and requires no belief.
      In the entire existence of the human race: Objects drop to the ground. Observable, repeatable, verifiable, no belief required.
      In the entire existence of the human race: Diseases spread. Observable, repeatable, verifiable, no belief required.
      In the entire existence of the human race: All populations of: canines remain canines, fish remain fish, reptiles remain reptiles, animals that never had hearts do not evolve hearts, animals that never had digestive systems do not evolve digestive systems (or brains, or eyes, or reproductive systems and many, many more cases like these). Observable, repeatable, verifiable, no belief required.
      *Evolutionists sometimes try to say they don't claim that populations of 'animals turn into other animals' over generations*
      Quite the opposite. Evolutionists claim the first life form was a single cell. They claim that it is the ancestor of all living things today. That's "animals turning into other animal" over generations of mythological proportions. They claim humans, apes, rats, banana plants (50% DNA similarity to human beings) are all related - that's again "species turning into other species" of mythological proportions, claiming all life is related.
      At some point reptiles did not exist in their worldview. That means they claim over generations some populations animals that were never reptiles 'evolved' over generations eventually into reptiles - That's "animals turning into other animals" over generations to mythological degrees.
      At some point no animals had brains. This means they claim over generations some populations of animals that never had brains 'evolved' brains over generations.
      Yet when called out on this some evolutionists even try to say "evolution doesn't say species turn into other species", which again is just not honest. It shows they not only know they're wrong, but they show their intent to push this falsehood anyway.
      *If you point out evolutionists "populations over generations" claims, and some will dishonestly pretend you're claiming evolutionists are saying that one kind of animal 'gives birth' to another kind".* Which again is clearly deception. Science shows *populations over generations* do not do what they claim.
      *Evolutionists typically imply making up reasons to believe in their common descent from a first life form belief system is the same as "observing" it,* which of course is false and is just circular reasoning. Making up beliefs ABOUT fossils or ABOUT DNA *that never happens* does not then make fossils or DNA 'evidence' or an 'observation of' of the belief you just made up about them.
      *Evolutionists also typically resort to the crime analogy.* For example, since you cannot "observe" a certain crime, but can look at "evidence" for a crime, that shows we can know things happened without observing it. But what they ignore: the thing called a "crime" is already observable, repeatable, verifiable reality, so now we can look for forensic 'evidence' of some *MORE* possible crimes that no one is left alive to have observed it. By sharp contrast, what evolutionists do would be the same as giving 'evidence' for some strange new crime that's never been observed even once by the human race, and yet claim that's also an observation of this crime that never happens actually happening (for example: a "crime" of turning someone into a tree).
      *Even some people factually observing something that's never happened is not science if it's not repeatable and also verifiable*. So for example, hundreds of people are witness to the fact Jesus Christ rose from the dead (or that He raised others from death), and they wrote about it. Direct observation. But it's still not science because it's *not repeatable* and not *verifiable.* There's also evidence He rose from the dead, and some have observed Him alive after the fact, but it's STILL not science that people can be raised from the dead, in spite of evidence, and in spite of it also being directly observed - because it's not *repeatable* and not *verifiable.* And so it goes with the belief of common descent from a first life form - not only is it not *repeatable,* not *verifiable,* it's not even *observable* either - which makes the resurrection far more likely to be called science before the belief of common descent from a first life form ever could. But neither of them can be called science of course.
      ===== Part Three =====
      *Evolutionists almost always are against Christ but are teaching their religion* that goes along with their belief of common descent from a first life form - the belief of 'nothing did it - it all just happened on it's own, including life - you're just another animal related to all animals - so live how you want and you'll rest in peace when you die". But they also pass this religion off 'you are god' off as science as well.
      That in mind, I implore people to re-read the gospels and forget what any church or any religion or anyone has claimed they say and sincerely consider yet again for ourselves. Judgment is coming for us all for our lifetime of sinning AND refusing God's offer to forgive and forget in the person of Jesus Christ. But religions also twist God's truth to make people think it's their religion and system of rules that makes them right with God when it's about a person: Jesus Christ, and choosing to have a relationship with Him, having a change of mind about living for ourselves and turning back towards God/ Jesus Christ to live for Him instead.
      John 3 : 14-21 *_"[Jesus said] And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up [i.e., on the cross]: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved [exposed]. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."_*
      Live forever, friends!

  • @googlechicken
    @googlechicken 5 місяців тому

    I remember watching a documentary about Orcas and how they hunt and they would actually launch themselves out of the water on to an ice floe to grab a sea lion. Fascinating.

  • @Papawheelie57
    @Papawheelie57 3 місяці тому

    Just imagine being able to communicate with another species coherently with their own language. That would be crazy. I wonder if it will ever happen….

  • @JeepnHeel
    @JeepnHeel 9 місяців тому +1

    Orcas are so amazing and intelligent -- smart enough to realize there is definitely NO reason to kill someone like myself, who can be immensely useful in interspecies negotiations and tending the salmon mines.
    As we gain more ways to communicate with these beautiful creatures, I do hope they read some of the youtube comments and are able to differentiate humans who are obviously servant-allies and not play-snacks.

  • @mastergecko1178
    @mastergecko1178 Рік тому +6

    Idk if it’s true but I’ve heard that some orca pods will always make the same vocalization when they see a human, indicating that they might have a dedicated orca word for “humans”.

  • @lilnastyy1604
    @lilnastyy1604 5 місяців тому +1

    Even the markings of an orca are so clever. The black to blend in with the waves and the white to look like giant eyes. It’s insane.

  • @omuerta7605
    @omuerta7605 2 роки тому +1525

    I always hear "There is no recorded Killer whale attacks on humans in the wild". Then I wonder how many insane people have actually just leapt off a boat into the water to swim with them.

    • @joguipo
      @joguipo 2 роки тому +422

      Quite a few reports of them actually saving humans... Living free, off course.
      Around the planet and over the centuries.
      Sometimes you find yourself in the water unwillingly.
      Big love from Spain

    • @hughjass1976
      @hughjass1976 2 роки тому +475

      Swimming with Orca is a heck of a lot safer than swimming with most other sea life

    • @Zevoxian
      @Zevoxian 2 роки тому +335

      That’s cause they’ve never left a survivor

    • @12time12
      @12time12 2 роки тому +541

      There are videos of them swimming with people including a crazy encounter in New Zealand. Orca in Alaska have also tried to feed humans they’re friends with by giving them shark leftovers. They see us and know we are like them, it’s too bad some humans can’t do the same.

  • @davroscreatorofdaleks2649
    @davroscreatorofdaleks2649 Рік тому +2

    I feel like just based on tilikum, the orca that killed 3 people during captivity, it’s clear that orcas have emotions and a sense of self

  • @syahmiyusop
    @syahmiyusop Рік тому

    Excellent video. And now I'm wondering, in what way that makes transient and residents orcas so different.

  • @jaysteeez333
    @jaysteeez333 6 місяців тому +1

    Man, I’m incredibly fascinated by these gorgeous intelligent beings. I literally couldnt have found this video at a better time. Favorite animal hands down, next to small capuchin monkeys.

  • @SirFloofy001
    @SirFloofy001 4 місяці тому

    Ive always wondered what pressures caused them to completely lose their rear limbs instead of evolving them into fins.

  • @sassytbc7923
    @sassytbc7923 5 місяців тому

    I agree. These animals are incredibly beautiful up close, and beautiful even when hunting. If you ever get to see them up close and in the wild, do it.

  • @TJSaw
    @TJSaw Рік тому +590

    Imagine being a mammal and ruling the seas. Orcas are absolute badasses.

    • @tridibmondal9148
      @tridibmondal9148 Рік тому +37

      Imagine being a Mammal and ruling the Land.

    • @Paal2005
      @Paal2005 Рік тому +35

      @@tridibmondal9148 Or basically ruling whatever we want,,,

    • @bjboss1119
      @bjboss1119 Рік тому +17

      Why did ruling the seas just trigger rule brittania to play in my head

    • @m0skit0
      @m0skit0 Рік тому +23

      Mammals rule basically everything nowadays. Hair and boobs FTW!

    • @vitsalava1251
      @vitsalava1251 Рік тому +1

      @@bjboss1119 The opening scene of POTC where captain Jack Sparrow "berths" his boat at Port Royal popped into my head, along with the score and everything. Rule Brittania is more accurate.

  • @iwillsmiteyall
    @iwillsmiteyall 11 місяців тому

    I am absolutely aghast but in the best way possible. Like, this is such amazing information im obsessed with the older females teaching the young how to catch seals like, im stunned at the similarity and the, for lack of a better word, humanity (we’re going to need a new word soon) that it’s right there I feel like I can touch it

  • @SvN-DenzelOldeKalter
    @SvN-DenzelOldeKalter 10 місяців тому +1

    My absolute favourite animal. What an incredible, intricate and calculated force of nature. Beautiful and remarkable.

  • @dansbrown1313
    @dansbrown1313 4 місяці тому

    Thanks, I've always felt an attraction to Orcas and though i've spent a lot of time on top of and under the water off the coast of BC, I've never felt fear of Orcas.

  • @DamianDeEu
    @DamianDeEu 8 місяців тому +2

    It's crazy to think that for them beaching and exposing their skin to air is what swimming is for us, something that some people never master due to fear. Just like the orca.

  • @damnwereinatightspot
    @damnwereinatightspot 2 роки тому +3600

    This channel really is the definition of quality over quantity

    • @thegaminghobo4693
      @thegaminghobo4693 2 роки тому +39

      Honestly this and it’s brothers channel real engineering is truly amazing.

    • @dylanthomas385
      @dylanthomas385 2 роки тому +7

      Cool did no it had a brother channel

    • @dylanthomas385
      @dylanthomas385 2 роки тому +6

      Ya but I still really like more quantity

    • @advityarajsingh
      @advityarajsingh 2 роки тому +18

      Kurzegasagt is also one of them

  • @stupid-youtube-handle
    @stupid-youtube-handle 2 місяці тому

    I like this, listening to her explain how badass orcas are gave me chills I love orcas they truly are amazing.. The wolves of the sea ❤

  • @X.F.P.
    @X.F.P. 2 місяці тому

    This is amazing! It honestly makes me feel a bit threatened, as a Human, to know that there are others out there, on our Planet, that are intelligent like us. Of course, though, that's just my "Human brain" doing what it does best - being selfish.

  • @PolarCub64
    @PolarCub64 5 місяців тому

    Your documentary is very well done. Thank you!

  • @jellybean13ct
    @jellybean13ct Рік тому +2

    I have serous respect for these creatures.

  • @At_john_john
    @At_john_john Місяць тому

    The more I learn about orcas, the more I’m amazed.

  • @ToroidalX
    @ToroidalX 2 роки тому +869

    Such an amazing animal, the fact that they can be like us makes me feel so sad for the orcas locked up in places like Sea World. This is an awesome video, I hope more people realizes that we are not the only emotional and inteligent creatures out there

    • @nucleargrizzly1776
      @nucleargrizzly1776 2 роки тому +10

      Do a search for the "Orca's of Eden Australia".

    • @12time12
      @12time12 2 роки тому +72

      Miami Seaquarium is even worse with a tiny pen. They had two orcas and one committed suicide out of despair. Greatly despise the owner who should just close it and put her to rest, but his family only cares about money.

    • @ashley-GX3
      @ashley-GX3 2 роки тому +13

      @@12time12 yea.. heartbreaking

    • @starnutron6147
      @starnutron6147 2 роки тому +2

      @@ashley-GX3 lol you can say we are locked up in land sea area is 3 times larger than land

    • @12time12
      @12time12 2 роки тому +39

      @@starnutron6147 they can swim 100 miles in a day, that’s what southern resident orcas do traveling on the coasts of California. Orca actually need the space.

  • @2_Sleazy
    @2_Sleazy 11 місяців тому +19

    I was just sipping my coffee, when I see this video in my recommended. The opening to the video drew my curiosity and now I fear I've fallen into a rabbit hole. This blew my mind, great job!

    • @sobad9081
      @sobad9081 11 місяців тому


  • @day_tiger7981
    @day_tiger7981 Рік тому +1

    Imagine how INSANE it would be if we could communicate with another species on our planet. It is scary to think about how we supressed such intelligent organisms.
    Imagine if we could teach them new things expanding their intellect even more🤯
    People are thinking about Alien species who could be as or even more intelligent than us who we could communicate with, meanwhile we even have some species on our planet that are exactly that. It is so cool. Also a little scary but mostly rellay f***ing cool.

  • @BillionDollarApp
    @BillionDollarApp Місяць тому

    What incredibly intelligent beings they are! Really impressive.

  • @ababbington1
    @ababbington1 Рік тому +3

    I’ll guarantee one thing from this film. They definitely are more empathetic and passive than humans. You will never ever see a a killer whale trying to kill another killer whale from another pod. Shame on us 😢

  • @mousikopaigmonas23
    @mousikopaigmonas23 11 місяців тому +13

    This is revolutionary behavior. Splendid video, thank you!

  • @sepnyte9422
    @sepnyte9422 Рік тому +1774

    13:13 This is probably why Keiko wasn't able to reconnect properly with any wild orcas. He was captured as a two year old calf, thus, he had the vocabulary equivilent to a two year old human baby. They couldn't understand him and thus wanted nothing to do with him.

    • @nikkole5133
      @nikkole5133 Рік тому +133

      that’s so sad

    • @samueljennings4809
      @samueljennings4809 Рік тому +9


    • @menotyou9836
      @menotyou9836 Рік тому +206

      Yeah… in human terms it was a “what’s the password”
      And he was like … “what?”
      So they closed the door and left him stranded.

    • @indyrawr1756
      @indyrawr1756 Рік тому +33

      Bless him, poor baby 🥺

    • @angelaatwood46
      @angelaatwood46 Рік тому +13

      Oh fuck.

  • @lukaslambs5780
    @lukaslambs5780 Рік тому

    Larger brain relative to body size can require context of the evolutionary pressures an animal faces. Like aquatic animals can be larger than terrestrial animals which can be larger than arboreal animals. EQ is really useful because it takes into account what niche an animal occupies and also what their closest relatives’s brains are like.

  • @enzorocha2977
    @enzorocha2977 5 місяців тому

    You should do a follow-up to this episode, with the recent spate of orcas attacking boats/ships in mind.

  • @entieme
    @entieme 9 місяців тому +1

    these documentaries are exceptional.. Thank you for this! It was so interesting and informative.

  • @jeffryburns2206
    @jeffryburns2206 4 місяці тому

    Now ive never seen an orca, but ive had a pod of bottle nose dolphins come up to me when i swam out waaay further than i should have, it was peaceful and terrifying at the same time, locking eyes with one gave me the feeling the meant no harm, but at the same time i know that if they decided i shouldn't be on the census, they coulda ended me quick

  • @danishcossack4392
    @danishcossack4392 6 місяців тому

    I knew Orcas were amazing, but know I'm thinking they are literally the perfect animal. Life of an Orca just has so much adventure and power, like playing life on god mode in the ocean.