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How Smart Are Killer Whales?

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Orcas may live in a world much different from our own, but observed behaviors indicate they are much more akin to us than we know. What scientists have discovered — and why we must protect them.

WORLD ORCA DAY is coming up! And there would be no celebration of these remarkable creatures without showcasing their sheer intelligence.

Like humans, orcas have a powerful display of personality, identity and range of emotion (including playfulness and empathy), due to their highly developed insular cortex. This has allowed orcas to develop unique social behaviors.

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