02 Feb '12, 2pm

Mysteries of Killer Whales Uncovered in the Antarctic

Mysteries of Killer Whales Uncovered in the Antarctic

Mysteries of Killer Whales Uncovered in the Antarctic Two of the world’s leading experts on the world’s top marine predator are now in Antarctica, tagging and photographing a creature whose remarkably cooperative hunting behavior and transmission of knowledge across generations may be rivaled only by humans. by fen montaigne On the afternoon of January 10, at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, whale researchers Robert L. Pitman and John W. Durban stood on the bridge of a cruise ship, peering through binoculars for signs of killer whales. The Weddell Sea, where English explorer Ernest Shackleton and his men were locked in the sea ice nearly a century ago, was calm and studded with icebergs. It was raining, an increasingly common occurrence in summer in this rapidly warming part of Antarctica . Around 3 p.m., Pitman spotted several of the distinctive triangular dorsal fins ...

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