Pitman, R.L., et al. 2016. Humpback whales interfering when mammal-eating killer whales attack other species: Mobbing behavior and interspecific altruism? Marine Mammal Science.


Today we talk about a paper that’s been making the pop-sci rounds. Some people have claimed that humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are unilaterally fighting killer whales (Orcinus orca) just because they can, but we’re skeptical. Also, we’re #TeamKillerWhale.

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