WATCH: Killer Whales ‘Greeting Ceremony’ Caught on Video

What unfolded before my eyes was what’s known as a “greeting ceremony,” and it is infrequently observed when two or more pods who have been foraging separately come together. Killer whales are extraordinarily social creatures, so it is probably not surprising to see them devising formal ceremonial behavior like this. Orca cultures vary widely, but this one is peculiar to the Southern Residents.

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