Nova Scotia Road Trip! - 2002

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Pilot whales live in family units and the young never leave their family pod. Interestingly enough, when mating time comes (about once in 4 years), the family pods get together and the males mate with females from pods different from their own. Thus, the gene pool stays richer than it would otherwise. The males take no part in the raising of the calves who swim with their mothers about 2-3 years learning the whale ropes. These whales do a lot of “ porpoising ” rather than actual breeching as we saw the humpbacks do. But they were fun to watch because they came fairly close to the boat and acted curious about us as we were about them.

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