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Drone footage reveals social secrets of killer whales


Killer whales have complex social structures including close “friendships”, according to a new study that used drones to film the animals.

The findings show that killer whales spend more time interacting with certain individuals in their pod, and tend to favour those of the same sex and similar age.

The study, led by the University of Exeter and the Centre for Whale Research (CWR), also found that the whales become less socially connected as they get older. MORE