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Orca seems to undertake (or abduct) a child pilot whale

Researchers aboard a whale watching boat in Iceland have been baffled in 2021 after they noticed a feminine orca swimming alongside a really uncommon calf. The tiny animal did not have a white spot close to its eye like orcas (opens in new tab) (Orcinus orca) do and, because it turned out, wasn’t even from the identical species.

Orca researcher Marie-Thérèse Mrusczok (opens in new tab) was working because the spotter on the highest deck of the Láki Excursions whale watching boat off the island’s west coast when she sighted the orca and what she suspected was a pilot whale.

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